Common Sage, Garden Sage
Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'

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

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Violet/Lavender

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

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 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

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Leeds, Alabama

American Canyon, California

Clayton, California

Clovis, California

Ontario, California

San Anselmo, California

Thousand Oaks, California

Vista, California

Pensacola, Florida

Davenport, Iowa

Jackson, Michigan

Lanoka Harbor, New Jersey

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Greenville, Ohio

Mill City, Oregon

West Warwick, Rhode Island

Knoxville, Tennessee

Abilene, Texas

Kerrville, Texas

Weatherford, Texas

Concrete, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

4
positives
2
neutrals
1
negative
RatingContent
Positive

On Nov 20, 2012, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Of course, last winter (2012) was extraordinarily mild here, so this guy made it through what is ordinarily the warmer part of Zone 5 without even shedding its leaves. The site is a very well drained gravel scree, so I am expecting survival this winter as well. The way the foliage holds up through the fall, right into the winter is wonderful.

Negative

On Jul 27, 2011, FLOWER_FANATIC from Columbus, OH wrote:

I HAVE NEVER GOTTEN THIS PLANT TO COME BACK FOR ME. I LIVE IN COLUMBUS, OHIO (ZONE 5B/6A) AND PLANTED THIS THING 3 YEARS IN A ROW. LAST ALL SUMMER, BUT NO COMEY BACK FOR ME THE FOLLOWING SPRING.

Positive

On Jul 25, 2011, sllawrence from Kerrville, TX wrote:

This is the first year that I have planted tri-color sage in my herb garden, zone 8a. We are in a terrible drought here in central TX with unrelenting heat, so that is an issue, of course, but I will still move this plant in the fall to part shade. Right now it is in full sun and the leaves have burn spots. I have grown it before in zone 8b (Austin TX) in part shade, and it does much better. It is a beautiful plant. It hurts me to see it sunburned!

Neutral

On Nov 15, 2010, suewylan from North Fork, CA (Zone 7b) wrote:

planted Tricolor sage, chives, parsley, dill and lemon thyme in a basket(see photo) in 2008, The sage has grown to 1' tall and the chives, also, have survived very well!
I live in zone 7, at 3000 feet where in winter it regularly gets down to 20F.

Positive

On Jun 2, 2008, manaci from Greenville, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

Overwintered in zone 5b.
The leaves are the most purple when they are young.

Positive

On Jan 29, 2006, GRENTHUMBS from West Warwick, RI (Zone 6b) wrote:

Plant did SO well in one season, I was very impressed by the color, very lovely, very intresting.
Planted in spring 2005, waiting to see if it makes it over the winter in this area...

Neutral

On Jun 4, 2002, Baa wrote:

A striking cultivar of the Common Sage. It has greyish green leaves with irregular margins of white which are blushed pink or light purple. The leaves render the flowers insignificant.

It isn't as hardy as Common Sage, it will only stand temperatures down to about 25F but it is easy to strike cuttings from and over winter in a sheltered area or cold greenhouse.