sage purple

purple sage or Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

5 5 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star 1 star (7 reviews) Write review
2 + 1 FREE 9cm pots £17.97 £11.98
in stock (shipped within 3-5 working days)
9cm pot £5.99
in stock (shipped within 3-5 working days)
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy sage purple purple sage or 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 also be used to make 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.

Delivery options

  • Standard
Delivery information

Eventual height & spread

Eventual height and spread

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"

  • Twitter
  • Pinterest
  • Facebook
  • Instagram
  • YouTube
  • Share by email

Healthy plant


Lovely, healthy herb which will be used in many recipes.

Wee granny



Healthy herb with good flavour


This has been easy to establish, even though I had to move it, although I think it could do with a little more sun than where I've had to keep it. Even so, it's grown well, with fragrant foliage and a good flavor. Sadly decimated just prior to Christmas dinner, but it made some nice stuffing, and it's recovering well.


East Dulwich


Great, healthy plants


Great flavour and looks good in the front garden. What more could you want!



An attractive and useful plant


Despite a wet climate this is looking very healthy and growing on well. Attractive leaf colouring and very good for sore throats.


Mid Wales


Still going strong


Got it growing in my garden haven't used it in my cooking yet.

Bob Atherton



Still alive


I hope to grow the Salvia for a few years to provide colour to the boarder.

Avid Gardener



Lovely colour, seems quite delicate when young


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...


South Wales



4.7 7


I have planted a sage and thyme in a terracotta pot thinking they would be good bedfellows. The thyme is flourishing however the sage looks bedraggled and is struggling to grow. I'm not too confident what the watering and feeding regime should be and whether they are suitable together. I have been feeding them with Chempak high nitrogen feed every three weeks. I'd welcome your thoughts. Bill

Geordie Boy

They should be making great bedfellows, albeit the sage does enjoy more a little more water. It may be that the fertiliser is having the effect of increasing leaf growth at the expense of root growth which may be unable to sustain the plant. I would switch to a seaweed extract from August onwards, keeping the nitrogen-based fertiliser for May/June.


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?


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


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.


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


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.


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. Hope this helps.

How to encourage beneficial insects

How to encourage beneficial insects

All garden pests have natural enemies. The trick is to encourage these beneficial insects and other creatures to take up residence in your garden so that they can do the pest management for you. The most effective way to do this is to provide the conditio

Read full article

How to use companion plants

Companion planting is a method of growing different plants adjacent to one another for the benefit of one or both of the companions. Some plants are thought to confuse or act as a decoy to potential pests, while a few provide food for the pest's natural

Read full article

Cottage garden

The traditional cottage garden was an intensive, yet carefree mixture of fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers all crowded into a tiny space. Today, this informal charm can be recreated using modern varieties that largely take care of themselves around an

Read full article


Create an ‘outside room’ that overcomes the three challenges of shade, exposure and lack of space using uplifting, shade-tolerant shrubs, perennials and bulbs. A sense of seclusion can be achieved with decorative screens and trellis covered in deciduous,

Read full article


Bees are never far away from aromatic plants because they often produce blue flowers, the favoured flower colour of bees. The nectar is super-strength too, containing masses of sugar to lure in the bee and butterfly. Thymus ‘Silver Posie’ is a marvell

Read full article

Make a 'tussie-mussie' or posy of flowers

On the whole, I’m a pretty rugged sort of person. A disproportionate amount of my gardening time seems to be spent hammering scaffold boards together, or powering my way through waist high weeds at the business end of a petrol strimmer, or hauling improba

Read full article

Low maintenance plants for a sunny garden

We all want a lovely garden but sometimes we are too busy with work and family, or we simply don’t have the inclination to garden incessantly, so the trick is to choose low maintenance plants such as easy shrubs and then to underplant them with ground cov

Read full article

Download our free gardening app to help you grow

Download on the App Store Get it on Google Play