Common sage

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Common sage (Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens')
SAL-vee-ah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis
Genus:  Salvia
Cooks and gardeners alike are indebted to this evergreen perennial for the unique, pungent flavor and aroma that its gray-green leaves produce. This cultivar has leaves suffused with steely-gray purple. It forms a 1.5-foot-tall and wide bush with woody stems that may be trimmed back to newly emerging growth or strong stems in spring. In early to mid-summer, it sends up lavender-purple flower spikes; it has both ornamental and culinary qualities in an herb garden. It tolerates alkaline soils, but cannot survive wet winter conditions.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Salvias are some of the showiest plants for containers, annual borders, and mixed borders. Butterflies and hummingbirds love them. 
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates alkaline soil.
Propagation:  Divide in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.
Problems:  Nothing serious, but root rot may occur in wet soils.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Shade Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Ground Covers,
Container,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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