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Salvia officinalis 'Aurea'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
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)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive napdognewfie On Aug 4, 2009, napdognewfie from Cumberland, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

Stays green so I can use it year round. I can even pick it fresh for my Thanksgiving & Christmas stuffing. Beautiful blue flowers too. I have one in the flower garden in front & one in the herb garden in back.

Positive ManicReality On Apr 24, 2007, ManicReality from Houston, TX (Zone 10a) wrote:

In the past I had no luck with any kind of salvia... Now I treat them like my strawberries... coconut hair hanging baskets, they love it! Where I live is very humid, so the outdoors is good for them. However the soils are often clay (ahem salvias will not tolerate wet feet at all) so the hanging baskets with watering every couple days, they are in love again. They are growing so beautifully though, I will have to get bigger hangin baskets soon :)

Positive dmj1218 On Jun 21, 2006, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is variegated with chartreuse along the edges and darker grey towards the interior of the leaves. It stays a little smaller than common culinary sage, for me. Good for large containers.


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

Albany, California
Encinitas, California
Vista, California
Seymour, Indiana
Litchfield, Maine
Cumberland, Maryland
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Roswell, New Mexico
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Knoxville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Waxahachie, Texas
Bedford, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia
Palmyra, Virginia
Colville, Washington

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