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Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' 'Purple Sage'

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This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA

You will receive
- 1 Purple Sage Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Purple Sage
Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Purple Sage is an aromatic, evergreen shrub growing from 50 cm to 1 meter in height, with a similar spread. The purple colouring is usually found on new growth leaves and stems. Older foliage takes on a grey – green colouring, with the oblong leaves growing from 3-6 cm long. The 2 cm flowers are a purple – blue colour, held in terminal racemes that appear in early summer to late spring.

This colourful sage is a cultivar of the Common Sage and may be used in a similar manner. It does have the added advantage of being able to add extra colour when used as a garnish. However, many people simply take advantage of the colouring and treat Purple Sage as an ornamental plant.

The salvia family has over 900 members with an extensive history as culinary, medicinal and ornamental plants. Ornamental salvias have become collectors items, as gardeners try to find a place in their garden for each and every one. There are salvias that will suit every type of soil and climate. More information on the Salvia genus and Common Sage (Salvia officinalis) may be found on our Common Sage page.

Growing Conditions

Purple Sage is a hardy plant with some drought tolerance and an ability to grow in a wide range of soil types. It will grow in average soil and clay or lime soils, as long as the ground is moist and well drained. Full sun or part shade is acceptable. If your sage plants tend to suffer in the extreme heat, an experiment with partial shade is worthwhile. The ultimate size may vary but it does take 5-10 years to reach full height.

Purple Sage may be propagated by taking softwood cuttings in spring and semi-hardwood cuttings in late spring.

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.


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