purple sage / Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
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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
- 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. 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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Q: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.Asked on 9/3/2015 by london from london
Sounds like it could be slugs and snails. I would try and protect the plants, or do a evening patrol to try and catch the culprits. We do have various slug and snail repellents. I have attached a link below.
The copper rimmed cloches might be worth thinking about.
Hope this helps.Answered on 12/3/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
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