Common Sage, Garden Sage
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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Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Shrubs

Height:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Medium Blue

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Aromatic

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Non-patented

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

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Chartreuse/Yellow

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

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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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Gardeners' Notes:

3
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0
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RatingContent
Positive

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

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

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.