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Dwarf common sage

Salvia officinalis 'Minimus'

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Dwarf common sage is a tightly compact form of the culinary common sage ( S. officinalis ), which is notable for its narrow, fragrant, gray-green leaves and lavender-blue, white-lined flowers in late spring or early summer. It is extremely xeric and does not self-seed. ‘Minimus’ grows to just 15 to 18 inches tall.

CareProvide full sun to partial shade and most any well-drained soil. Deadheading flowers will encourage more blooms.

PropagationTake softwood cuttings at any time or divide in early spring.

ProblemsSalvias are generally trouble-free, but watch for the occasional aphid, spider mite, or whitefly.

  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Moisture : Adaptable
  • Characteristics : Attracts Hummingbirds, Fragrant Foliage
  • Tolerance : Drought Tolerant
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest

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