A picture of a Silver Sage

Silver Sage

Salvia argentea

Also known as

Silver Clary, Silvery-Leaved Sage

Salvia argentea C by Wouter Hagens (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








3 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Silver Sage

A close up of some white Salvia argentea flowers
A close up of some white Salvia argentea flowers
A close up of a Salvia argentea leaf in a garden
A photo of Silver Sage
A photo of Silver Sage

Silver Sage Overview

Salvia argentea is a short-lived perennial species in the mint family, Lamiaceae which is often grown as a biennial. It has multiple common names including silver sage, silver clary and silvery-leaved sage. Foliage is oval in shape, to around 20cm long and covered densely in white-silver, woolly hairs. It has a clumping habit and produces upright stems bearing white flowers late in summer, flowersmay have a blue tinge. This species has earnt a Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Award of Garden Merit. It is also part of the RHS “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Silver Sage

How to propagate Silver Sage


Sow in spring.


You can propagate from seeds in the spring, cuttings in early summer.


Division at any time.

Special features of Silver Sage

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Silver Sage

Ground cover, rock-gardens.