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purple sage / Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

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Buy sage purple purple sage / Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens': Attractive red-purple young leaves

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: light, fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average to fast
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • 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. The leaves can be used fresh or dried to make stuffings, herb teas and herb butter

  • 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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Notes on sage purple

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

Lovely colour, seems quite delicate when young

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Took a lot longer to get established than other Sage in close proximity, and I kept it in a cloche Autumn through Winter last year. Now too large to fit in the cloche, I'm hoping it's large enough to over Winter in it's sheltered spot. I never worried about the other Sage, this one just seems more delicate...

Sandie

South Wales

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I have a sunny, well drained bank mass-planted with purple sage, this winter they have crisped up and look very dead, with dusty looking leaves. Some plants did this last year and needed to be replaced, what has happened and have I lost the lot? If so, what would you recommend replacing them with?

Ukholl1

Hello, The most likely reason that this plant does not make it through the winter is a combination of excessive cold and wet.

Helen

I have planted salvia sages purple in both my back and front gardens. All the plants look very unhappy, limp and exhausted looking. I planted them summer last year, and for the first three months or so grew incredibly fast, looking full of life. We have had very wet conditions here in the south of England in the last 6 months or so, the soil never really dry. Could this be the problem, even though we did put lots of shingle in the holes for drainage before planting.

parsleypuss

Hello, Yes, these plants do not respond well to waterlogged conditions, so I suspect yours are suffering from the wet conditions.

Helen

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.

london

Hello there 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. http://www.crocus.co.uk/products/_/tools/pest-control/slugs-snail-control/plcid.767/plcid.783/plcid.967/ Hope this helps.

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