General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Moderately alkaline (7.9 – 8.4)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Other: Rarely flowers
Flower Color: Blue
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Sage
  • Salvia
  • Culinary Sage
Also sold as:
  • Variegated Berggarten

'Berggarten Variegated' was a featured
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  • Posted by Calif_Sue (Sebastopol, CA - Zone 9a) on May 3, 2014 10:54 AM concerning plant:
    This is a sport of the parent Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten' that occurred in the U.S. The variegation is very stable. The plant should be trimmed often, taking several inches off the new growth.
Plant Events from our members
variegatagal On May 8, 2022 Transplanted
variegatagal On April 4, 2021 Potted up
Up potted parent
variegatagal On March 26, 2021 Cuttings stuck
From potted
variegatagal On March 21, 2021 Transplanted
variegatagal On March 19, 2021 Obtained plant
Four Seasons Nursery x1
variegatagal On March 8, 2021 Miscellaneous Event
1 cutting stuck in pond pocket, survived the freeze.
variegatagal On April 9, 2020 Obtained plant
North Haven Gardens
variegatagal On June 2, 2018 Cuttings stuck
Rick wool
variegatagal On May 12, 2018 Miscellaneous Event
Looks good now, may need supplemental watering or part shade. Sensitive to leaf burn
variegatagal On May 9, 2018 Potted up
Not looking too good.
variegatagal On March 24, 2018 Obtained plant
Colonial Creek Farm (x2)
tabbycat On May 27, 2022 Obtained plant
Got a starter plant at Stine for $4. Will plant in a pot on patio. Edible & medicinal.
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