Salvia argentea AGM
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Salvia argentea AGM

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Salvia argentea is the most surprising of Salvias in that it is barely recognisable as a Salvia until you see the pretty white double-lipped summer flowers (not shown), so typical of the family. Most gardeners cherish it for its intriguing woolly foliage; the prettily scalloped, large fluffy leaves covered with silver fur are like Stachyis lanata but more so.

That this particular Salvia with its silvery leaves is indigenous to sunny regions - notably the Mediterranean coast - is no surprise and associated with this is the fact that once established it is drought tolerant. It is a recipient of the RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit), for all round excellence.


In early summer robots, furry stalks appear bearing pretty, typically salvia-like flowers - white with pretty marking.

  • Well drained, light soil
  • All aspects
  • Full sun

The flowers are pretty but most people grow this short-lived perennial for the furry foliage, if that’s the case, cut the flower stalks back as they appear to avoid the foliage dying off. Otherwise leave the flowers to benefit the pollinators, and allow them to self-seed to produce more plants for next year.