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 CharacteristicsEdible purple leaves
CareProvide moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates alkaline soil.
PropagationDivide in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.
ProblemsNothing serious, but root rot may occur in wet soils.
- Genus : Salvia
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8
- Characteristics : Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Fragrant Foliage, Showy Foliage
- Uses : Color, Containers, Dry areas, Foliage, Ground Covers, Small Spaces, Sun
- Tolerance : Deer Tolerant, Drought Tolerant, Frost Tolerant
- Moisture : Dry to Medium
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
- Light : Full Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest, Summer Interest
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