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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Category:

Herbs

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 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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Evergreen

Variegated

Aromatic

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

0
positives
2
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Neutral

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

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

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.