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Native alternative(s) for Salvia argentea:
Salvia lyrata Salvia lyrata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Petunia x hybrida Petunia x hybrida
Dianthus chinensis Dianthus chinensis
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Salvia argentea has some common insect problems:
Slugs & Snails on Ornamental Plants

Silver Sage Salvia argentea

Phonetic Spelling
SAL-vee-ah ar-jen-TAY-ah
Description

Silver sage is a biennial in the Lamiaceae (mint) family and native to the Mediterranean, southern Europe, and northern Africa. Grown specifically for its large, white, wooly leaves, which appear in a rosette 6 to 12 inches tall and wide the first year, the plant flowers in the second growing season and then dies after flowering.The genus name Salvia is derived from the Latin term salveo, which means ‘be well’ and refers to the plant's medicinal properties.

Plant silver sage in full sun to partial shade and in well-drained soil. Avoid wet soil, especially in winter. It declines with heat and summer rain. Cutting back the flower stalks when they appear may promote longevity of the plant. It will self-seed in the garden if left to flower. It may also be propagated by removing lateral root shoots in the spring. It is resistant to drought and deer.

Because of its small size, silver sage’s best use is as a border or in a container. Its brightness works well in a nighttime garden, and its tactile quality makes it excellent for a children’s garden or one for the blind.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: Slugs and snails are pests. Stem and root rot, powdery mildew, rust, and leaf spot may also be problems.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Artemis'
'Artemis'
Tags:
#white flowers#silver leaves#white leaves#showy leaves#velvety#cpp#edging#herb garden culinary#nighttime garden#border planting#bedding plants#hairy leaves#container plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Artemis'
'Artemis'
Tags:
#white flowers#silver leaves#white leaves#showy leaves#velvety#cpp#edging#herb garden culinary#nighttime garden#border planting#bedding plants#hairy leaves#container plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    argentea
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Biennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Root Cutting
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Mediterranean, Southern Europe, Northern Africa
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer, drought, dry soil.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 1 ft. 6 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    12 inches-3 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Early summer, white tinged with pink tubular hooded flowers whorled on a 2'-3' tall stem
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    White
    Leaf Feel:
    Soft
    Velvety
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Downy, felt like large (8" long 6" wide) wrinkled leaves that form a rosette.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Small Space
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Garden for the Blind
    Nighttime Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil