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PlantFiles: Variegated Japanese Woodland Sage
Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: nipponica (nip-PON-ih-kuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fuji Snow

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2 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive franron On Oct 7, 2007, franron from Stillwater, OK (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had this plant for several years, apparently in the wrong location, kinda shady, in a bed where a pine tree used to be. All it did was manage to survive. Foliage was okay, got crispy as the summer passed, and never bloomed. This spring I dug it up and grew it in a 4" nursery pot in on my partially shaded patio until I was sure it was growing strong. I put it in the ground on the north side of a privacy fence, 5' out, where it received filtered light through a tall tree. The soil was better in it's new home and the plant seemed to like it there. It's now October and it is in full bloom, blossoms all over it. I wish I had moved it sooner. I am considering dividing it next year to get more plants. Beautiful flowers, yellow but not too brilliant. I wonder how big this plant will get. I haven't ever seen this plant for sale in my area again since I bought it for it's varigated foliage three years ago. I want more.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Mobile, Alabama
Wilmington, Delaware
Stillwater, Oklahoma

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