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Salvia carduacea

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Species Name: Salvia carduacea
Common Name: Thistle Sage

Nice annual with lavendar to pink flowers and thistle-like seed pods.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Annual
Height by Width: 5-40 inches H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Rate: Fast
Sun Exposure: Full sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining, rocky
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 20 degrees F
Flower Season: March through May
Flower Color: Pale Lavender to Pink
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Tehachapi Mountain Area, San Joaquin Valley, e San Francisco Bay Area, Inner South Coast Ranges, Southwestern California, w Desert


Natural Habitat: Common in sandy or gravelly soils to 4,500'

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