Andean Silver-Leaf Sage (Salvia discolor) in the Salvias Database

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 1-3 feet
Plant Spread: 1-3 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Apple-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Dark purple, almost blackish-purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


Andean Silver-Leaf Sage (Salvia discolor) was a featured
Plant of the Day for March 24, 2017.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 11:53 PM

"Salvia discolor (Andean sage) is a herbaceous perennial growing in a very localized area in Peru—it is equally rare in horticulture and in its native habitat.

The plant is scandent, meaning that it climbs without the use of tendrils, with wiry white stems growing from its base. Mistletoe-green leaves of various sizes grow in pairs about 1-2 inches apart on the stem, with the undersides covered in white hairs. The leaves, stem and flower buds all exhibit a strong and distinct odour of blackcurrant. The 1 inch long deeply saturated dark purple flowers are held in a pistachio-green calyx, growing on 1 foot or longer inflorescences. The stems of the inflorescences are shiny and covered with glands, which frequently have insects stuck to them. It blooms during hot spells through summer and autumn and is a frequently grown ornamental on the French and Italian Rivieras, where it grows 3 feet high and wide."

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