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A picture of a Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

4a-8b

USDA zone

-34°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

4 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Overview

Sage is an attractive, hardy, low maintenance plant that can tolerate poor soil conditions and drought. It has many uses, including culinary, medicinal, insect repellent or ornamental. 'Purpurea' is a cultivar of Sage that has beautiful purple and green foliage and purple-blue flowers that grow on terminal racemes.

Common problems

Sage is susceptible to stem rot and whiteflies.

Companion plants

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested throughout the year, preferably before the flowers open. Harvest lightly in the first year to ensure that the plant grows fully. Sage is best fresh but can be frozen or dried.

Propagation

Seed

Start seeds indoors in frost areas 6-10 weeks before transplanting or sow seeds directly in Spring and Summer. Germination takes 2 weeks.

Cuttings

Take half ripe stem or shoot cuttings 5-10 cm long or mature cuttings 7-10 cm long from Spring to Autumn and plant out directly. Keep moist until well-rooted

Division

Divide plants in Spring.

Layering

Air layer in Spring or Autumn.

Special Features

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Repels harmful insects

Sage repels ants, black flea beetle, cabbage fly, cabbage looper and cabbage maggot

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Uses

Edible

The leaves are edible and have a savoury, slightly peppery flavour. The flowers and leaves can be eaten raw, cooked, boiled or pickled.

Medicinal

Used as a homoeopathic medicine. The oil is thought to have astringent and stimulant properties and soothe muscle stiffness, rheumatism, and neuralgic conditions. It is antiseptic and anti-viral.