Plantidote of the Day 2012-06-11
Canary Island sage
A big, luscious shrub for anyone Zones 8 through 10. These plants seem to bloom for months, which makes the butterflies and bees happy. They're also fragrant and easy to grow. If you have a sunny spot, this sage can easily grow as high as 7 or 8 feet tall. This one, which is in a botanical garden, is at least that big and just as wide. At some point during its blooming season, the entire bush is covered in purple flowers -- and yes, it's awesome!
The only drawback is that the plant is short lived, according to online sources, lasting only a few years. One commenter also mentioned that it has invasive tendencies, and recommended keeping an eye on the seedlings so they don't escape or something. There, you've been warned!
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