Sage Purple (Salvia Officinalis)

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Description


Position: full sun or partial shade


Soil: light, fertile, moist, well-drained soil


Rate of growth: average to fast


Flowering period: May to July


Hardiness: fully hardy


An attractive, upright perennial with aromatic, grey-green foliage, which is initially flushed with a reddish-purple as it emerges. From early summer the branching stems are topped with spires of lilac-blue, two-lipped flowers, which are particularly loved by bees. A valuable addition to the herb garden, the leaves are high in vitamins A and C and can be used to make stuffings, as well as enhance the flavour of many meat and fish dishes. Purple sage looks stunning planted next to golden oregano in a sunny herb garden. Freshly chopped leaves can also be used to make 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.


Eventual height 0.8m & spread 1.0m