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Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'

Common Name:
Kitchen sage
Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Lamiaceae (The Mint Family)
Geographic Origin:
Mediterranean Region
California Native?:
Plant Size:
To 12 inches
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Mixed plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Lavender blue
Sun or light shade
Well-drained soil
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 10 degrees F. or less
The type species is our common kitchen sage, ornamental but usually relegated to the herb garden. 'Tricolor' has bright foliage, combining the typical grey-green color with splashes of cream, pink and purple. It forms dense clumps, usually 6-12 inches high. In spring it may send up dense spikes of small lavender blue blossoms. This is a colorful plant for use in the low border and--of course--an ornamental addition to the herb garden.