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Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple Sage)

Purple Sage, Salvia officinalis Purpurascens Group, Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'


Prized for its dusky purple foliage, award-winner Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple Sage) is a compact, semi-evergreen dwarf shrub or perennial with strongly aromatic, oblong, purple young leaves delicately maturing to silvery-green. In early summer, it sends up whorls of two-lipped, lavender-blue flowers on short, upright flower spikes. Enjoying both ornamental and culinary qualities, Purple Sage is a favorite of many cooks and gardeners for its unique flavor and lovely foliage. It is great for the herb garden and also wonderful in perennial borders and cottage gardens.

  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Easy to grow, Purple Sage grows in clumps up to 12-24 in. high (30-60 cm) and nearly as wide.
  • Enjoys full sun (light shade is tolerated) in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Avoid excessive winter wet.
  • This superb cultivar is really an interesting plant that makes an attractive accent in beds and borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, Mediterranean gardens, herb gardens or containers.
  • Virtually disease free, but watch for slugs, snails and leafhoppers.
  • Drought tolerant and deer resistant, it is attractive to bees, butterflies and occasionally to hummingbirds.
  • Clip the foliage back in spring to promote fresh new leaves.
  • Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or semi-hardwood in late summer

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Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 10
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 6 – 9
Heat Zones 1 – 10
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy, Semi-Evergreen
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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