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Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbs - Culinary or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H5 (hardy - cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Blue and Pale Purple in Summer

Foliage

Green, Grey/Silver and Purple in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Stem

Purple in

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

purple sage

Family

Lamiaceae


Salvia can be annuals, biennials, herbaceous or evergreen perennials, or shrubs. They have paired, simple or pinnately lobed, often aromatic leaves and 2-lipped flowers in whorls, forming simple or branched spikes or racemes

'Purpurascens' is an aromatic, semi-evergreen dwarf shrub with purple young foliage and stems, becoming grey-green; leaves oblong, 3-6cm in length. Purple-blue flowers 2cm in length in terminal racemes

Other common names

  • purple sage

Synonym(s)

  • Salvia officinalis Purpurascens Group
  • Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or dappled shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Loam or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or semi-hardwood in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Drought Resistant, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Mediterranean Climate Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9 in spring

Pests

May get slugs, snails and leafhoppers

Diseases

Generally disease free