Mediterranean sage (Salvia aethiopis) is a plant that was introduced from Europe as a contaminate in alfalfa seed. This plant is in the Mint family, thus the stem is square in shape. The plant invades mostly dry areas in rangelands and sagebrush communities. It has gray-green deeply toothed, pubescent (hairy/wooly) leaves. The irriegular flowers are pale yellow to white in whorls of 5-10. The stems branch near the top inot broad panicles. Each flower produces four egg-shaped nutlets. The plant resembles common mullein early in the spring although Common mullein is absent of the sage-like smell.
Mediterranean sage is a biennial plant with square stems reaching up to 3 ft. (0.9 m) tall.
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Panorama and video taken 7/08