Golden variegated sage Salvia officinalis 'Icterina' Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Golden variegated sage (Salvia officinalis 'Icterina') 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 charming cultivar has green leaves with irregular yellow margins. It forms a 1.5- to 2-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 occasionally sends up lavender-purple flower spikes; it has both ornamental and culinary qualities in an herb garden. It tolerates alkaline soils, but not wet winter conditions. Noteworthy Characteristics: Attracts butterflies. Care: Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun. This species tolerates alkaline soil. Propagation: Divide in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall. Problems: Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun 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 Variegated Foliage Uses Beds and Borders, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Ground Covers Style Herb Garden, Cottage Garden, Rock Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Tolerance Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant Type Perennials Related Plants to Salvia officinalis 'Icterina' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Common sage Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Common sage Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Common sage Salvia officinalis 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Common sage Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten' View the discussion thread.