PO Box 567
Lilydale, Vic 3140
Phone (03) 9735 3831

Salvia discolor

Peruvian Black Sage

Plant Type Med shrub
Flower Colour Black
Leaf Shape Ovate - small
Leaf Colour Grey/green
Sun/Shade Part-full sun
Climate Min Cl temperate
Climate Max Sub trop
Drought Dry periods
Coastal No
Frost Moderate
Native Sth America
Flower Months Jan-Apr



Salvias are a popular garden plant with flowers that range from electric blue through bright red to golden yellow.  Salvia discolor comes from Peru and is a medium shrub that prefers warm dry conditions, and will tolerate light frosts and dry periods once established.  It has the palest of grey green foliage with the backs covered in fine white hairs.  The foliage is very sticky and will often trap small insects.


Salvia discolor grows to approximately 1m x 1m, will tolerate most soil types and a medium prune after flowering and regular applications of  Seasol and Power Feed will keep it looking its best.  It is rare in the wild and uncommon in cultivation which is a shame as the combination of silvery leaves and calyx with the deepest black blue flowers makes a great addition to a warm cottage garden.


Salvia discolor presents well with other Salvias such as Salvia x jamensis ‘La Luna’ or Salvia ‘Sensation’

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