It doesn’t look like this anymore. It, along with many other things in my garden, has been beaten into submission. But wow was it ever graceful, pre-storm.
Bought early this spring I’ve loved it since day one and honestly it’s only gotten better and better as it’s grown and flopped and twisted its way around the entire corner of this planting area.
Originally I lusted after it for the black flowers alone, however I’ve really come to appreciate the whorls of flower and foliage and their incremental placement up the sticky green stem.
The older stems are coated in white as are the undersides of the leaves.
This plant doesn’t shout for attention but just quietly draws me in. However if I want to enjoy it’s subtle charm s next year I’ll have to dig it and overwinter it indoors since it’s not hardy here in Portland. The stats:
- also known as Peruvian Black Sage or Andean Silver-Leaf Sage
- hardy to zone 9, it prefers well drained soil in full sun
- drought tolerant but appreciates occasional summer water
- grows to about 18” tall, 12” wide
I'd love to know what plant in your garden has caught your admiring eye this first week of October. Please share a link or story in the comments!
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