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Salvia officinalis 'Icterina' (v) AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Herbs - Culinary or Shrub

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Leaf

Resilience

Hardiness

H4 (hardy - average winter)

Colour

Flower

Pale Blue in Summer

Foliage

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

Size

Ultimate height

0.5-1 metres

Ultimate spread

0.5-1 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

common sage 'Icterina'

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

'Icterina' is a evergreen dwarf sub-shrub with aromatic, oblong leaves 3-6cm long, greyish, variegated with yellow and pale green. Two-lipped pale purplish-blue flowers 2cm long, in terminal racemes

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade
  • Full shade

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in a light, moist, but well-drained soil in full sun in a sheltered position. Avoid excessive winter wet

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

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

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Patio/Container Plants or Wall-side Borders


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 9 in spring

Pests

Salvia can suffer damage from sage leaf hopper, capsid bug and slugs

Diseases

Foot and root rots, powdery mildew and verticillium wilt can be problematic on salvias