Purple-leaf Sage - Knowledgebase Question

Evanston, IL
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Question by srollings5
June 6, 2000
Please tell me what you can about purple-leaf sage; i.e., size, spacing requirements, flower and flowering time, etc. It was suggested I try it in my garden, but I can't find any information on it.

Answer from NGA
June 6, 2000
Purple leafed sage, Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea' is a slightly purple-leaved form of garden sage, 'Icterina' is a golden variegated form and 'Tricolor' has white, rose, and green leaves. The foliage is actually a gray green but tinged in purple, particularly the newer growth. The flowers are rather inconsequential spikes, the plant is grown for its foliage. It requires full sun and a well drained soil and grows about 12 to 18 inches tall and wide. It is grown as an annual in colder areas such as yours because it is less winter hardy than the traditional sage. It is propagated by cuttings.

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