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Purple Sage


Salvia officinalis Purpurascens

Dwarf form with distinct purple foliage

A useful herb that looks good too. Its highly aromatic leaves are suffused with purple and makes a lovely contrast planted alongside silver leaved plants. Bee friendly spikes of rich purple flowers appear during summer.


Great in a container and a lovely addition to a sunny mixed border as well as a traditional herb garden.


Easy to grow in a well-drained soil but add some coarse grit to the planting hole if your soil is heavy and wet in winter. Harvest the young leaves as required. Use a good quality general purpose compost for container growing and raise the pot on 'pot feet' through the winter months to help with drainage.

Add the leaves to flavour stews, sauces, stuffing and salads.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Herb, Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - August
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 50 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 50 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 50 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Loam, Chalk
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds, Coastal or drought resistant

Typically available

From February to September