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PlantFiles: Common Sage, Garden Sage
Salvia officinalis 'Icterina'

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

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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 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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid 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:
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 softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

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

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No positives
2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

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

its pretty, but slow growing and wimpy and it keeps getting overtaken by more vigorous herbs, including other sage varieties. I'm getting tired of having to cut back the plants around it and may just let it get smothered.

Negative PurplePansies On Apr 6, 2005, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very lovely but giving a negative review because it died over the winter when situated right next to some purple sage that thrived.... too tender for zone 7a 6b though this was a "tougher" than usual winter....

Neutral Baa On Jun 4, 2002, Baa wrote:

This cultivar has recieved the RHS Award for Garden Merit.

Very pretty Sage with golden yellow leaves with darker green splashes. It is used and grown in the same way as the type species Salvia officinalis.


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

Wedowee, Alabama
Denver, Colorado
Hazlehurst, Georgia
Jackson, Michigan
Bayville, New Jersey
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Garland, Texas
Freeland, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Stanwood, Washington

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