Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’) or commonly known as purple sage is a semi-evergreen sub shrub. This means during cold winters it will potentially lose some of its leaves. It has scented, rough, grey green leaves, reaching 3-6cm long with purple flowers. The juvenile or young leaves and stems are originally purple before turning a light green.
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’) can reach anywhere between 0.5-1m in height and spread over a period of 5-10 years. They prefer well drained to moist but well drained soils in full sun and can survive in sheltered or exposed positions. They are hardy within the UK with a RHS hardiness rating of H5, meaning they can survive temperatures from -10 to -15C and they are fairly resistant to drought once they are established.
Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’ (Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurea’) are ideal for certain gardens including: city and courtyard gardens; mediterranean climate; cottage and informal garden; flower borders and beds, usually towards the front or middle.
It has long been known for its healing properties and uses in the kitchen, being used in tea and delicious stuffings. It is great for pollinators and other sorts of wildlife and has no reported toxicity to pets, livestock or horses.
Ultimate Height and Spread
- Up to 1m high
- Up to 1m wide
- RHS hardiness rating of H5, meaning they can survive temperatures from -10 to -15C
- Can be placed in exposed or sheltered positions
- City and courtyard gardens
- Mediterranean climate
- Cottage and informal garden
- Flower borders and beds-usually towards the front or middle.
Is it poisonous
- It is edible and not poisonous to horses, livestock or pets
Advice for purchasing plants
- When purchasing a hedge it is important that you give it every chance it can to thrive. For more information on planting visit our Planting page.