Thistle sage is an annual
that is native to the dry inland portions of California. Salvia
carduacea blooms in the middle spring months. Good soil drainage
conditions are a must for Salvia carduacea to thrive in the home garden. Seed does germinate in disturbed areas so
this can be added to your wildflower mix with some likelihood of success. The
prickles of the Thistle Sage are not as sharp as they look. The
contrasting orange anthers and fringed purple flowers make Salvia
carduacea such a lively color arrangement all by itself. Most all of the
color wheel rules are broken within the space of a single flower.
This photograph was taken along the old Ridge Route above the Grapevine
section of I-5.
High resolution photos of Salvia carduacea, Thistle Sage, are part of our garden image collection.