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Native alternative(s) for Salvia argentea:
Salvia lyrata Salvia lyrata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia rosmarinus Rosmarinus officinalis
Petunia x hybrida Petunia x hybrida
Iberis sempervirens Iberis sempervirens

Silver Sage Salvia argentea

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

Biennial; large white wooly leaves; declines with heat and summer rain; well-drained soil.  Avoid wet soils especially in winter.  Grown specifically for their leaves they appear in a rosette the first year, flowers appear in the second growing season but after flowering, the plant dies.  Cutting back the flowers stalks when they appear may promote longevity of the plant.  It will self-seed in the garden if left to flower.  Foliage suffers in hot and humid climates south of zone 7a.  It may also be propagated by removing lateral root shoots in the spring.

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

 

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Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Artemis'
'Artemis'
Tags:
#silver foliage#white flowers#container plant#white leaves#showy#showy leaves#herb garden#cpp#bedding plant#edging#soft leaves#nighttime garden#night#borders#hairy leaves
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Artemis'
'Artemis'
Tags:
#silver foliage#white flowers#container plant#white leaves#showy#showy leaves#herb garden#cpp#bedding plant#edging#soft leaves#nighttime garden#night#borders#hairy leaves
  • 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
  • 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