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Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’

Purple sage

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
  • Common name: Purple sage
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Herb
Flower colour:

Purple

Foliage colour:

Green

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. 

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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.

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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.

How to grow Salvia 'Purpurascens'

  • Plant size

    70cm height

    70cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Front, middle

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

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Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

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Do not Plant in October

Do not Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

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Do Divide in March

Do Divide in April

Do Divide in May

Do not Divide in June

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Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Take cuttings
Take cuttings

Do not Take cuttings in January

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Do not Take cuttings in April

Do Take cuttings in May

Do Take cuttings in June

Do Take cuttings in July

Do not Take cuttings in August

Do not Take cuttings in September

Do not Take cuttings in October

Do not Take cuttings in November

Do not Take cuttings in December

Prune
Prune

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Harvest
Harvest

Do not Harvest in January

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Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do Harvest in May

Do Harvest in June

Do Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Salvia 'Purpurascens' and wildlife

Salvia 'Purpurascens' is known for attracting bees and other pollinators. It nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Does not attract Butterflies​/​Moths

Attractive to Other pollinators

Is Salvia 'Purpurascens' poisonous?

Salvia 'Purpurascens' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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