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Salvia carduacea ~ Thistle Sage

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.

Salvia carduacea, Thistle Sage 

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