Sage

Salvia spp.

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A large genus of annuals, herbaceous perennials and shrubs, widely distributed across parts of Central and South America, the Mediterranean and Asia. There are around 900 diverse species, with usually square stems which bear opposite pairs of leaves that may be hairy and/or aromatic. There are a number of varieties, cultivars and hybrids that are popular as garden plants, grown for their attractive tubular flowers as well as their scented foliage. Many salvias - some of which are known as sages - are used extensively as culinary herbs, ornamentals, and as medicinal plants. In addition to the culinary herb sage Salvia officinalis, this genus now also contains rosemary - Salvia rosmarinus, (formerly Rosmarinus Officinalis). Salvia flowers are usually attractive to pollinators.

Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Summer, Autumn

Propagation

Division

Divide perennials in spring.

Special features

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Special features

Origin

Worldwide

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Blue, White, Multicoloured, Purple, Pink, Red

Scent

Mild

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