Mediterranean sage USDA PLANTS Symbol: SAAE
U.S. Nativity: Exotic
Habit: Forbs/Herbs
Salvia aethiopis L.

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Taxonomic Rank: Magnoliopsida: Lamiales: Lamiaceae
Synonym(s): African sage
Native Range: temp. Asia & Europe (GRIN);

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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Plant(s); in flower
Eric Coombs, Oregon Department of Agriculture, Bugwood.org
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Flower(s);
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); rosette
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); rosette
Lloyd Andres, USDA Agricultural Research Service, Bugwood.org
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Plant(s);
Vince Belleci, , Bugwood.org
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Seed(s);
Steve Hurst, USDA NRCS PLANTS Database, Bugwood.org
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EDDMapS Distribution:
This map is incomplete and is based only on current site and county level reports made by experts and records obtained from USDA Plants Database. For more information, visit www.eddmaps.org
 


State(s) Where Reported invasive.
Based on state level agency and organization lists of invasive plants from WeedUS database.

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U.S. National Parks where reported invasive:
Grand Canyon National Park (Arizona)



Invasive Listing Sources:
California Invasive Plant Council
Faith Campbell, 1998
Jil M. Swearingen, Survey of invasive plants occurring on National Park Service lands, 2000-2007
John Randall, The Nature Conservancy, Survey of TNC Preserves, 1995.
Pacific Northwest Exotic Pest Plant Council, 1998