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Noxious Weeds


Mediterranean Sage   (Salvia aethiopis)
Mint Family (Lamiaceae)


Mediterranean Sage
Photo courtesy of the California Department of Food and Agriculture


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Description:  An aromatic biennial 2 to 3 feet. Leaves large, grayish, woolly, irregularly toothed, develop a rosette up to 2 feet in diameter in the first year. Plant bolts second season producing multi-branched stems with white to blue-green, woolly, felt-like leaves. Flowers two-lipped, usually yellowish-white, borne in clusters on profusely branched stems.

Habitat:  Native to Europe. Occurs in pastures meadows, rangelands, and other open areas. One plant may produce thousands of seeds which are spread easily because the mature plant forms a "tumbleweed."

Distribution:  The main infestation of Mediterranean sage is located around Lakeview, Orego spreading south into Plumas County. Generally, the futher south of Lakeview the more widespread and smaller the infestations which are scattered throughout northeastern California. However, there are beginnning to be some substantial infestations around Likely (Modoc County).

Flowering Period:  June to August