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Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple sage)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.8m
Max height
1m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Other names

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

Genus

Salvia Salvia

Variety or Cultivar

'Purpurascens' _ 'Purpurascens' is an erect, dwarf semi-evergreen to evergreen subshrub with oblong to ovate, woolly, aromatic, grey-green leaves, purple when young, and branched, purple stems bearing whorled, terminal racemes of 2-lipped, purple-blue flowers in summer.


Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' is: Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic (sage).

Habit

Bushy, Erect

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Blue, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green, Purple in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers , Slugs , Snails Leafhoppers , Slugs , Snails

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 9 in spring.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple sage) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Mediterranean, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position, although can tolerate light shade. Avoid cold, damp conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Other names

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

Genus

Salvia Salvia

Variety or Cultivar

'Purpurascens' _ 'Purpurascens' is an erect, dwarf semi-evergreen to evergreen subshrub with oblong to ovate, woolly, aromatic, grey-green leaves, purple when young, and branched, purple stems bearing whorled, terminal racemes of 2-lipped, purple-blue flowers in summer.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic (sage).

Habit

Bushy, Erect

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Blue, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Grey-green, Purple in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Leafhoppers , Slugs , Snails

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 9 in spring.

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple sage) will reach a height of 0.8m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

City, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flavouring food and drinks, Beds and borders, Mediterranean, Foliage only

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in a sunny position, although can tolerate light shade. Avoid cold, damp conditions.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5

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