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Sage Iceterina

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Salvia officinalis Icterina

Dwarf form with decorative yellow edged leaves

A useful herb that looks good too. Its highly aromatic green leaves are splashed with golden yellow, its spikes of rich purple flowers are a magnet to bees during the summer.

Where?

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

How?

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 75 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Sand, Chalk, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained
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. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Garden edging, Flower border and beds

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - December

Typically available

From February to September