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Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'

Common Name:
Kitchen sage
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
8-18 inches
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Spring and summer
Flower Color:
Lavender blue
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
The type species is our common kitchen sage, ornamental but usually relegated to the herb garden. 'Purpurea' has dark grey green foliage, strongly tinged with purple in new growth. It forms dense clumps, usually 6-12 inches high. Each shoot is packed with 2-4 inch narrowly oval, fuzzy leaves. In spring it sends up many dense spikes of small lavender blossoms. This is a tough, easily grown plant for use in the low border and--of course--an ornamental addition to the herb garden.