A picture of a Black sage

Black sage

Salvia mellifera

Also known as

Sage

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

11b

USDA zone

7°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

20cm

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Salvia mellifera Photographed at BioTrek.
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A photo of Black sage

Black sage Overview

These are annuals, biennials, perennials and evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs and sub-shrubs. Salvia is an ancient Latin name which is derived from salveo which means to save or to heal. There are about 900 species, which produce tubular shaped flowers, in many different colours. The leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods.

Common problems with Black sage

How to propagate Black sage

Cuttings

Propagate shrubs and sub-shrubs by softwood, semi-ripe or basal cuttings in mid-summer.

Seed

Sow seed of half hardy annuals under glass in early spring and of fully hardy species outdoors in mid-spring.

Division

You can propagate perennials by division in the spring.

Other uses of Black sage

Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods. Suitable for coastal conditions.