Sage Purple (Salvia Officinalis)
£5.99 – £11.45
Position:full sun or partial shade
Soil:light, fertile, moist, well-drained soil
Rate of growth:average to fast
Flowering period:May to July
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