Madeira vs. Sage

Dramatic, Drought Tolerant, Sage-Colored Foliage

 
Both Pride of Madeira (Echium candicans) and White Sage (Salvia apiana) are touted as drought tolerant foliage and capture attention with their long spikes of dramatic blooms.  Their leaves also have similarities, from their sage color and dramatic shape to the size and shape of the established plants.  Birds and bees adore them from the spring to the summer.  So, which one will leave you grateful come November?
 
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Killian2017_Snaps0109_PrideMaderaPride of Madeira (Echium candicans)

Native to the island of Madeira near Portugal, Pride of Madeira has made itself at home in more than a few climate-compatible regions.   In New Zealand and Australia, it is considered a weed.  

In California, we work to remove it in habitat restoration projects, as it quickly escapes our gardens. Once out on its own, it fails to thrive, adding vulnerability to our wild spaces.
 
 
 
FormLA2016_Staake_Bloom_WhiteSageFoliageOnlyShapeWhite Sage (Salvia apiana)

Native to Southern California, white sage is uniquely suited to thrive in our gardens. Like Madeira, it maintains a round, structural shape.  It’s bloom-covered spires can reach six foot in height during spring and summer.  Adaptable, white sage will thrive in coastal and chaparral regions as well.

White sage has another advantage.  When its blooms fade, its fragrant leaves can be used in Thanksgiving dinner! Find White Sage at Theodore Payne Foundation and Las Pilitas Nurseries.