Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

purple sage

9cm pot
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The hotter the better for this purple sage, which turns damson black in scorching summers, making a fine backdrop to pale lavenders

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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

    Lilac-blue flowers in early to mid-summer and aromatic red-purple young leaves maturing to grey-green. Purple sage looks stunning planted next to golden oregano in a sunny herb garden. Freshly chopped leaves can be used to make stuffings, herb tea and sage butter. A useful and attractive container plant for a sunny site.

  • 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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    the leaves appear to have chunks bitten out of them. i have two large plants three years old and nearly every leaf appeares to have been chewed. shall i dig up and is it safe to replant with same plant.
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