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Salvia interrupta is currently on pre-order. Available: May 15, 2018
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Salvia interrupta

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(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.

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Atlas Mountain Sage
USDA Zones
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7 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)
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18"/12"/24"
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Full sun
Soil type
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Well drained
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Average
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3 1/2 inch deep pot
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Yes
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(Atlas Mountain Sage) Tawny looking from a distance, the Atlas Mountains of northern Africa are home to an abundance of greenery, including the lovely Salvia interrupta. The mountains contrast sharply with the extreme aridity of the Sahara Desert, which they border.

Atlas Mountain Sage has deep violet flowers marked with white throats as well as apple-green foliage. Fragrant, triple-lobed basal leaves form rosettes at the base of red and green striped square stems, which round as they mature. The intermittence of the whorling blossoms gives this petite sage its scientific name.

Although drought tolerant, Atlas Mountain Sage thrives with average watering based on local conditions. It is native to the lightly shaded forests and limestone slopes of Morocco's portion of the mountain range. Although it can handle a bit of shade, this sage prefers full sun. It is heat tolerant and also withstands the winter chill of USDA Zone 7.

Early 20th century Irish journalist and gardener William Robinson, who championed more naturalistic landscapes, called Atlas Mountain Sage one of the most beautiful border plants. It also works well as a groundcover, pathway edging, container plant or houseplant. Honeybees love it.