Mediterranean sage

Lamiales > Lamiaceae > Salvia aethiopis L.
Synonym(s): African sage

Mediterranean sage is a biennial plant with square stems reaching up to 3 ft. (0.9 m) tall. Fine, woolly hairs cover the stems, new leaves and leaf undersides. Mature plants become less hairy and develop prominent venation on the leaves. Rosette leaves are grayish-green, petiolate and 4-12 in. (10.2-30.5 cm) long. Rosettes can be 1-4 ft. (0.3-1.2 m) in diameter. The stem leaves are opposite, smaller than the rosette leaves and aromatic (sage-like) when crushed. Leaves become smaller toward the apex of the stem. Flowering stems are highly branched and develop in June to August. The flowers are yellow to whitish and bilabiate. The plant is typically found in degraded sagebrush communities, disturbed sites, fields, rangelands, roadsides and some agronomic crops. Mediterranean sage is a state-listed noxious weed in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. The plant is native to Europe and may have been introduced in contaminated alfalfa seed.



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Foliage
Lloyd Andres, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
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Foliage
Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); in flower
Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s); in full bloom.
L.L. Berry, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Vince Belleci, , Bugwood.org
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Infestation;
Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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Invasive Reference(s):

Check Invasive.org for most current lists.
  • California - Noxious Weed Law
  • California - Invasive Plant Inventory
  • Colorado - Noxious Weed Law
  • Nevada - Noxious Weed Law
  • Oregon - Noxious Weed Law
  • Washington - Noxious Weed Law
  • Invasive Plants: Western North America


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