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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Salvia canariensis Accepted
Salvia canariensis var. candidissima Synonym
Salvia canariensis var. albiflora Synonym
Salvia canariensis f. albiflora Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4 - 6 feet
Plant Spread: 4 - 6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Gray-green, Furry
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Purple-violet, Pale purple to deep purple magenta
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season. Until frost.
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: Self sows
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by carlysuko (Oceanside, California. Sunset zone 24 - Zone 10a) on Apr 17, 2018 12:42 PM

Canary Island Sage is a large shrub native to the Canary Islands off the coast of Africa. It can attain a maximum height of 10', but the average is about 6-8'. The width varies anywhere between 3' and-4'. Its size can be controlled by hard pruning. It's best to prune before it starts to set buds: mid-spring in warmer areas and early summer in the colder areas. The flowers and bracts are a beautiful, showy purplish-pink color. The leaves are large, arrowhead shaped, with white hairs on the undersides, which help it to conserve moisture. It is also fragrant; hard to describe but perhaps similar to California natives? The flowers attract many different pollinators. In my garden it attracts a good diversity of them, including honey bees, bumblebees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, as well as wasps. It can be susceptible to disease, such as powdery mildew and others, as well as to pests, such as aphids and whiteflies. It's best to water from below and keep its area clean and try not to plant it too close to other plants. Also, in my garden it reseeds, but not to a point of nuisance.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Mar 19, 2013 4:26 AM

Canary Island Sage (Salvia canariensis) is native to the Canary Islands off the African coast, hence the name.

It's a beautiful Salvia that the hummingbirds and butterflies love, and I'm sure the bees do too!

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 8:31 PM

"Salvia canariensis (Canary Island sage) is an erect perennial shrub native to the Canary Islands. It can reach 2-2.3 m in height and 1.5 m width in a single season. The triangular leaves are pale green, and the stems and underside of the leaves are covered with long white hairs. The flowers range from pale purple to deep purple magenta."

Taken from wikipedia's page at:

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