Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Purple Sage

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: light, fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Flower colour: lilac-blue
  • Other features: the leaves can be used fresh or dried to make stuffings, herb teas and herb butter
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    An attractive, upright perennial with aromatic, grey green foliage, which is initially flushed with a reddish-purple as it emerges. From early summer the branching stems are topped with spires of lilac-blue, two-lipped flowers, which are particularly loved by bees. A valuable addition to the herb garden, the leaves are high in vitamins A and C and can be used to make stuffings, as well as enhance the flavour of many meat and fish dishes.

  • Garden care: To encourage a plentiful supply of young red-purple foliage gather the leaves regularly and prune lightly in July after flowering.

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