Bicolor mulberry 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.
Eig’s Sage blooms winter to spring. Its name is a tribute to botanist Alexander Eig (1894 to 1938), who was one of Israel’s first plant researchers. He was head of the botany department at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and designed the Jerusalem Botanical Gardens based on his country’s native plants.
The fragrant foliage of Eig’s Sage is mint green, ruffly and shaped like Elephant Ear leaves. Heat tolerant and drought resistant, the plant does well in dry gardens with full sun. It thrives in USDA Zones 8 to 11.
Betsy Clebsch, author of the New Book of Garden Salvias, likes to plant this eye-catching perennial as part of a cottage garden with Hollyhock, Foxglove, Larkspur and Delphinium. It’s also a good choice for perennial borders and groundcover.
Honeybees and Israel’s native bees love Eig's Sage, so expect some buzzing if you plant it. Deer aren’t attracted, but watch out for snails and slugs.