General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Biennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Plant Spread: 30 inches (75 cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flower Color: Yellow
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Inflorescence Height: 24 to 36 inches (60-90 cm)
Foliage Mound Height: 12 to 24 inches (30-60 cm)
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Awards and Recognitions: RHS AGM
Other: 1997 Plant Select Winner

Common names
  • Silver Sage

Silver Sage (Salvia argentea) was a featured
Plant of the Day for December 24, 2015.
Photo Gallery
Location: Twisp
Location: My Garden, UK
Date: 2021-07-01

Date: 2012-05-15
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2021-04-14
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2018-04-09
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-06-02
Zone 9b.

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2017-05-23

Photo courtesy of Annie's Annuals and Perennials
Location: All pictures taken in my gardens/greenhouse
Date: 2016-04-12
Location: Loki Schmidt Garten - Botanischer Garten der Universität Hamburg
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Ingleside. Illinois
Date: 2022-04-11
Location: Litchfield, NH
Date: 2017-06-23
Full plant in flower
Location: Litchfield, NH
Date: 2017-06-23
flower closeup

Date: 2012-05-15

Date: 2012-04-02

Courtesy Robin's Salvias
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Location: My garden in N E Pa. 
Date: 2010-08-08
Location: western Oregon
Date: 2016-02-21
Location: In my garden
Date: 2012-05-21

Date: 2012-05-21

Courtesy Robin's Salvias
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 Photo Courtesy of Select Seeds. Used with permission.
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  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 11:47 PM concerning plant:
    "Salvia argentea (Silver Sage, Silver Salvia, Silver Clary) is a biennial or short-lived perennial plant that is native to an area in southern Europe from Portugal to Bulgaria. Its specific epithet, argentea, refers to the silvery leaves.

    S. argentea has a large spread of basal leaves that measure 3.3 feet wide and 0.98 to 2.0 feet high. The individual leaves are 7.9 to 12 inches long and 5.9 inches wide. Both leaf surfaces are heavily covered with silky hairs that give it a wooly appearance. The leaves are soft to the touch, first emerging as a distinctive silvery white and then turning to grey-green after flowering. Cool weather in the fall turns the leaves silvery again.

    Flowers appear in spring or summer on 24 to 35 inches candelabra-like stalks that rise well above the foliage. The inconspicuous white flowers are tinged with yellow or pink. Cutting the flowers before they set seed results in a long-lived plant."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:
  • Posted by NHJenDion (Southern NH - Zone 5b) on Jun 25, 2017 9:39 AM concerning plant:
    I've noticed that these lose their grey fuzzy look and take on a greener appearance when in flower.
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