Photo of the Day: Black Peruvian Sage

By Published On: November 11th, 20190.7 min readCategories: Photos

This is Peruvian Sage (Salvia discolor), also known as “Andian Sage.” Fairly rare even in its native Peru, the plant grow long white stems with leaves that are green on one side and white on the other. The end of the stem is a series of deep purple flowers the color of blackberries with a scent that’s a blend of sage and currants.

It propagates easily, but is a little tender when it comes to cold, so they do need to be sheltered more than some of the native sages. Here’s the plant in front of several other Salvias:

Black Peruvian Sage (Salvia discolor) in late summer

The one complaint I have is that it’s super sticky from base to flower, so even brushing the plant will end up with some of it stuck to you.

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I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.

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