Purple sage

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Purple sage - Salvia officinalis  'Purpurascens'

Common Name: Purple sage
Genus: Salvia
Species: officinalis
Cultivar: 'Purpurascens'

Category: Fruit & Vegetables

Height: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Spread: 1.00 m (100 cm)


  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: light fertile moist well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Flower colour: lilac-blue
  • Other features: the leaves can be used fresh or dried to make stuffings herb teas and herb butter
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Lilac-blue flowers in early to mid-summer and aromatic red-purple young leaves maturing to grey-green. Purple sage looks stunning planted next to golden oregano in a sunny herb garden. Freshly chopped leaves can be used to make stuffings herb tea and sage butter. A useful and attractive container plant for a sunny site.

  • Garden care: To encourage a plentiful supply of young red-purple foliage gather the leaves regularly and prune lightly in July after flowering.


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