Common Sage, Garden Sage
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Purpurea
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Category:

Herbs

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Unknown - Tell us

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Encinitas, California

San Francisco, California

Vista, California

Las Vegas, Nevada

Portland, Oregon

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Wichita Falls, Texas

Colville, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

White Center, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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positive
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RatingContent
Positive

On May 13, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I like the purple and silver leaf color. I have had the plant for 4 years, growing in part sun in poor infertile sandy soil that hardly anything else will grow in. It is now 3 feet across, but has maintained a neat, compact form. Zero maintenance plant which looks good in an herb garden or rockery.

Neutral

On Feb 4, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Aromatic purple foliage.