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Zone:  5

Height:  30cm [1ft] here

Width:  20cm [8in]

Foliage: Grey-green densely covered with white, woolly hairs; basal rosette first year

Flower:  Mid summer, silver-white thistles along candelabra of multiple branches

Light:  Full sun

Moisture: Average to little

Soil:  Average, well-drained

Garden location:  Front of border; leave adequate space for shape to develop

Salvia aethiopsis (Mediterranean sage)

  • Salvia athiopsis is an interesting specimen plant and safe to grow here, in Atlantic Canada, now, but is considered an invasive weed in the western US States and must be controlled.  Here it is reliable biennial and never reproduces from self-sowed seed.  So far.