By David Salman, Chief Horticulturalist
The genus Salvia, collectively referred to as Sage, is a huge group of flowering plants that are found growing in the wild across the globe, on every continent except Antarctica. As you'd expect from such a widely distributed group of plants, they are very diverse. And yet they all have in common the following characteristics:
- They have showy flowers in a rainbow of colors.
- Their aromatic foliage makes them very resistant to browsing deer and rabbits.
- Their nectar-rich flowers attract a wide range of pollinators including honey and native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.
By familiarizing yourself with this huge genus, you'll be able to find the right Salvia for your garden's growing conditions. I like to divide the genus into two large groups; Old World varieties and Native varieties.