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European Natives

European Natives

Europe is home to some of the most cold hardy Salvias as well the most well-known species of the genus, S. officinalis or Culinary Sage. Europeans have used their native sages since antiquity in cooking and as medicine, especially in the Mediterranean.

The continent's meadow sages and related hybrids flower lushly in a rainbow of colors. All of the plants listed here are attractive and useful garden additions.

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  • Salvia 'Silver Sabre'

    (Silver Sabre Sage) Hanging-basket gardeners, here's one for you! The pink, green and cream variegated foliage is so ornamental trailing over pots that you might forget its role as a fragrant cooking herb.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia amplexicaulis

    (Stem Clasping Violet Sage)Like a candelabra lit up with whorls of violet blossoms, the erect, branching flower spikes of Salvia amplexicaulis make this native of Southeastern Europe shine. On the Grecian island of Thassos, it brightens areas near the beach.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia candelabrum

    (Candelabra Spanish Sage) Tall, well-branched spikes display large two-tone blue flowers above a compact shrubby mass of attractive, furry white leaves. When in bloom, this drought-resistant native of Spain will awe every visitor to your garden.
    $9.50
     

  • Salvia canescens var. daghestanica

    (Caucasus Sage) This hardy ground cover sage grows 4 to 12 inches tall and 12 inches wide. The velvety white fur of its foliage aids moisture retention. Its soft, royal purple flowers make it stand out. We think this Salvia deserves to spread far and wide.

    $9.00
     

  • Salvia cleistogama

    (Closed Sage) Yellow flowers are rare among Salvias. So this elegant European sage is greatly appreciated. It is an herbaceous perennial that has become naturalized in eight states in the U.S. The common name refers to its flowers self-pollinating before opening.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia cyanescens

    (Blue Turkish Sage) Large velvety gray-green to white leaves in loose rosettes give this sage a distinctive look as does the celestial violet-blue of its flowers. The blossoms seem much too large for this short sage and its thin, candelabra-branched flower spikes.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia dominica

    (Dominican Sage) Native to Israel, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, this candelabra-shaped, perennial sage may have inspired the design of the menorah, (Exodus 37:17). It is a tough, drought-resistant plant with silver-haired foliage and bright white flowers that seem to blaze.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia eigii

    (Eig's Sage)Bicolor ruby and pale pink flowers bloom winter to spring on this small sage that is native to Northern Israel. Salvia eigii is at home in the silty, gravelly loam of low fallow fields near rivers. So it does best in rich soil aerated with plenty of humus.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia forsskaolii

    (Balkan Sage) Violet-blue whorls of flowers and plentiful, fuzzy, basal leaves that reach an impressive length of 18 inches are two notable features about this hardy, herbaceous perennial, which is native to the Southeastern Balkan Peninsula.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia glutinosa

    (Jupiter's Distaff) Easy to grow and adaptable to a wide range of conditions, this native of Europe and Asia is our best tall, yellow-flowering perennial. Although its common name compares the flower spikes to wool spindles, they look more like glowing sceptres.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia haematodes

    (Red Veined Sage) In 1827, John Wilkes referred to Salvia haematodes as "Bloody Sage" in his Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Volume 22. This might seem mysterious when first viewing the sage's upright yet somewhat relaxed spikes of whorled, violet-colored flowers.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia hierosolymitana

    (Jerusalem Sage) This lovely herbaceous perennial is native to Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank. Its clear pink flowers change at times to a pink highlighted with violet lines and dots. Prominent glandular hairs on the buds, bracts and floral stems exude a fragrance that is delightful on a warm day.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia indica

    (Two-lip Spotted Sage) Shaped like an open parrot's beak, the upper lip of this petite yet dramatic sage is lilac while the lower lip is dark violet and white with spots. The whorled flower spikes rise up from clumps of large, oval, grassy green leaves with scalloped edges.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia interrupta

    (Atlas Mountain Sage) Tawny looking from a distance, the Atlas Mountains of northern Africa are home to an abundance of greenery, including the lovelySalvia interrupta. So the mountains contrast sharply with the Sahara Desert, which they border.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia judaica

    (Judean Sage) Native to the mountains of Judea in Israel, this dark violet flowered, perennial sage is unique among the Palestinian Salvias - as a woodland native it grows well in partial shade. It is a tough, drought-resistant plant with deeply cut & hairy foliage which forms impressive mounds of color in the spring and early summer.

    $9.50
     

  • Salvia nemorosa 'Royal Crimson Distinction'

    (Royal Crimson Distinction Woodland Sage) Grown for hundreds of years in cottage gardens throughout the world, Salvia nemorosa was described by Carl Linneaus in 1762. This variety's large flower spikes bloom a dark violet-crimson, then age to a softer pink.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia nutans

    (Nodding Sage) “Dancing in the air” is how garden writer Joseph Tychonievich describes the tall, graceful flower spikes of Nodding Sage, which can tower up to 5 feet tall over the plant’s 18-inch-tall foliage during the summer flowering season.

    $9.00
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten'

    (Mountain Culinary Sage) Elliptical, silvery green leaves covered with downy hairs make this one of the prettiest types of Salvia officinalis. Berggarten is a German variety widely grown for its culinary value and attractive, tightly mounded form.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Extrakta'

    (Potent Culinary Sage) Flavorful and fragrant, Extrakta is a modern European Culinary Sage known for its pungent essential oil. About a foot taller than most species of Salvia officinalis, it has long, narrow, spear-shaped leaves that are deep green.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Golden Elk'

    (Golden Elk Culinary Sage) Golden Elk is our most unusual variegated sage. It is a handsome, mild, culinary variety that grows well in containers in partial shade. However, the more light it receives, the deeper the contrast between its deep green, golden green and cream variegations, which are irregular and only semi-stable.  We have grown this variety - a sport of Icterina - for years now and think very highly of its unusual &  beautiful foliege.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Icterina'

    (Variegated Golden Sage) Icterina is our favorite variegated sage. It is a handsome, mild, culinary variety that grows well in containers in partial shade. However, the more light it receives, the deeper the contrast between its deep green, golden green and cream variegations.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Jefferson'

    (Oregon Culinary Sage) Flavorful and fragrant, Jefferson is a older variety of European Culinary Sage known for its pungent essential oil. About a foot taller than most species of Salvia officinalis, it has long, narrow, spear-shaped leaves that are mid green, and soft pink flowers.  This variety is originally from Dalmatia, and was brought into the Willamette Valley of Oregon in the 1930s, where it was grown on a large scale for seasoning and essential oil. This qualifies as an Heirloom sage.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'

    (Purple Leaf Sage) Dusky purple leaves make this sage stand out in the garden and kitchen. It is known botanically both as Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea' and Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'

    (Tricolor Culinary Sage) A bit sweeter than most cooking sages, Tricolor is also a visual confection in the garden. Its variegated leaves combine bright pink, medium green and creamy white. The foliage forms a tight, compact mound.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia pomifera

    (Fruit Sage) Also known as Apple Sage, this is an extremely drought-resistant plant. Its common names come from the small round fruit-like galls that an insect creates on its branches on the island of Crete where it is native to dry slopes.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia pratensis 'Indigo'

    (Indigo Meadow Sage) When massed, this European sage compels attention during summer with its upright, foot-long spikes of deep violet-blue flowers and hairy, gray-green, basal foliage.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia pratensis 'Lapis Lazuli'

    (Lapis Lazuli Meadow Sage) Ethereal, lilac-pink, parrot-shaped blossoms abound on the tall flower spikes of this Salvia pratensis cultivar. So don’t expect a blue as the name indicates, but do expect great beauty during summer bloom time.
    $8.50
     

  • Salvia ringens

    (Mount Olympus Sage) Although not numerous, the deep violet and white flowers of Salvia ringens are eyecatching. Their wiry, branched spikes rise up to 5 feet tall from a dark green basal rosette.
    $9.50
     

  • Salvia sclarea

    (Clary or Clear Eye Sage or Eyebright) Pink-purple bracts and violet-purple flowers form a pastel cloud over the large, rumpled leaves of Clary Sage in summer. It is a towering beauty growing up to 5 feet tall. Sacred to some due to age-old use in herbal remedies, it is heavenly to look at.

    $6.00
     

  • Salvia sclarea 'Alba'

    (White Clary Sage) A froth of white blossoms floats over the fuzzy basal foliage of Salvia sclarea 'Alba'. Butterflies enjoy the nectar of this Mediterranean native that tolerates both heat and extreme cold.

    $6.00
     

  • Salvia sclarea var turkestanica 'Piemont'

    (Italian Clary Sage) Clary Sages are well known for their use in folk remedies, aromatherapy and cosmetics. Glowing purple bracts frame the spectacular white blooms of this cultivar on 5-foot-tall spikes. It is a delight for honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia taraxacifolia

    (Dandelion Leaf Sage) Brush or bruise the basal foliage of this Moroccan Salvia and it exudes a citrusy fragrance. Petite and heat tolerant, this is a sturdy, adaptable groundcover.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia transsylvanica

    (Romanian Sage) Here's a great selection for mixed Salvia borders in zones with colder winters. This herbaceous perennial features deep violet flowers in large whorls atop tall, branched spikes.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia verbenacea

    (Wild Sage) Toothed and attractively wrinkled, the gray-green, basal foliage of Wild Sage contrasts prettily with deep lavender-to-purple flowers supported by grassy green bracts. This cold-hardy sage is native to northern Africa and parts of Asia and Europe.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia verticillata

    (Lilac Sage) We try not to brag too much, but this is our own variety of Salvia verticillata from home-grown seed, and we think it is spectacular. Butterflies and honeybees also are in love with this long-blooming perennial beauty.

    $8.50
     

  • Salvia viridis 'Blue Monday'

    (Blue Monday Hormium Sage) Many gardeners shy away from annual sages, preferring the longer-lived herbaceous perennials or shrubs. However, this annual Clary Sage provides a spectacular display of intensely blue flowers from spring through summer. Dead head it for extra bloom, but let some reseed.

    $4.50
     



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Plants were much larger and nicer than expected,the 31/2 inch pot was bursting. Highly recommended.
Keith Portka
Aug 16, 2014