Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Purple sage

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
  • Common name: Purple sage
  • Plant type: Herb

Height: 70cm

Spread: 70cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Green

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The name 'Salvia' derives from the old Latin Salveo, meaning 'I heal' or 'I save'. Sage was used as a healing plant, by Greeks and Romans. While it's now mainly used as a culinary herb, sage as a tea made by steeping a few sage leaves in hot water is today still used as a remedy for coughs and sore throats. 

As well as its culinary value, sage is a valuable decorative evergreen shrub, which doesn't look out of place in ornamental borders.

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM). Its leaves are purple-green and finely textured, with a pleasing sage scent. Flowers are purple.

Clip plants annually to preserve their shape and encourage growth of fresh leaves, which have the best flavour and colour. Older plants eventually become woody but are easily propagated from cuttings or by layering the naturally arching branches.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Take cuttings
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Prune
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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