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Salvia argentea (Silver sage)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.45m
Max height
0.7m
Max spread
2-3 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salvia argentea

Other names

Silver sage

Genus

Salvia Salvia

Species

S. argentea - S. argentea is a short lived perennial with very fuzzy, silver-green leaves that are arranged in wide rosettes. It has creamy white flowers in summer, but they should be removed to enjoy the foliage longer.


Salvia argentea is: Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Rosette, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

White, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Silvery-grey in Spring; Silvery-grey in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Flowers should be removed when they are still short so that they will not deteriorate the foliage. They can be left in order to self-seed.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


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Where to grow

Salvia argentea (Silver sage) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.7m after 2-3 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist, free-draining soil. It can tolerate a little light shade but is best in a sunny position.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

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Botanical name

Salvia argentea

Other names

Silver sage

Genus

Salvia Salvia

Species

S. argentea - S. argentea is a short lived perennial with very fuzzy, silver-green leaves that are arranged in wide rosettes. It has creamy white flowers in summer, but they should be removed to enjoy the foliage longer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Bushy, Rosette, Upright

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

White, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Silvery-grey in Spring; Silvery-grey in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Flowers should be removed when they are still short so that they will not deteriorate the foliage. They can be left in order to self-seed.

Propagation methods

Division, Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salvia argentea (Silver sage) will reach a height of 0.45m and a spread of 0.7m after 2-3 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist, free-draining soil. It can tolerate a little light shade but is best in a sunny position.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Salvia argentea (Silver sage)

Common pest name

Alfalfa dwarf; Anaheim disease; California vine disease; Dwarf disease of alfalfa; Dwarf disease of lucerne; Leaf scald of oleander; Leaf scald of plum; Leaf scorch; Phony disease of peach; Pierce's disease of grapevine; Variegated chlorosis of citrus

Scientific pest name

Xylella fastidiosa subsp. multiplex

Type

Bacterium

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

A bacterial disease with a wide host range detected in Corsica. Although EU regulated; there remains some concern about the risk of introduction. This subspecies is known to be able to thrive in cooler climates. Should an outbreak occur; there would be a need for eradication action which would result in environmental and social impacts.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Salvia argentea (Silver sage)

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Salvia argentea (Silver sage)

Common pest name

Green semi-looper

Scientific pest name

Chrysodeixis eriosoma

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Polyphagous moth pest which is morphologically identical to a pest already established in the UK in protected environments and being controlled by IPM. Not expected to cause greater impacts than other species of Chrysodeixis in the UK.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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