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
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
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: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil

Common names
  • Variegated Golden Sage
  • Common Sage
  • Garden Sage
  • Culinary Sage

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Date: 2022-08-15
Location: Botanical Garden Cologne (Germany)

Date: 2012-12-01
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Date: 2023-04-09
Location: Botanical Garden Cologne (Germany)
Date: 2017-08-28

Date: 2012-12-01
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2014-08-12
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2015-05-13
Zone 9b
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-14
Location: Washington
Date: 2015-10-21

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Date: 2012-12-01

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Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2015-06-10
Zone 9b.

Date: 2012-11-02

Date: 2012-11-02
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date: 2014-09-02
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