SALVIA

Commonly known as Sage

In the mint family. Very large genus of about 900 species of annuals, biennials, herbaceous and evergreen perennials and shrubs distributed generally in temperate and tropical regions.

They are frequently aromatic, hairy or woolly and many species attract bees. Some have medicinal and culinary qualities.

Clary (clear-eye) sage, S. verbenaca and S. pratensis are the UK natives. Seeds of the former, from dry pastures and roadsides in southern England, were made in to a mucilage and used to soothe eye irritation, roots were ground as snuff and leaves used as a herb with lemon or orange juice. The latter, meadow clary, has a status of Vulnerable and Near Threatened because of the manufacture of "improved grassland". It is found on calcareous grassland in southern England.

Less hardy varieties can be grown in containers.

Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
  • Herb
  • Herbaceous
    Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
  • Medium shrub
    Typically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
  • Full sun
  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Wildlife plant. Very attractive to bees and butterflies. Used for culinary purposes (S. officinalis)
    Medicinal properties
    S. officinalis (common sage) - a history of use in medicine
    Pests & Diseases
    Slugs, snails on young growth. Under glass, aphids, red spider mite, whitefly, foot and root rots.
    Place of origin
    Worldwide distribution in temperate and tropical regions.
    Resistant to honey fungus
    These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
  • Soil Conditions
    Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil
    Dislikes winter wet. An exception is S. uliginosa (bog sage) which needs moist soil.
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly

Buy Varieties of SALVIA

SALVIA africana-lutea

SALVIA africana-lutea

Beach salvia, Golden salvia, Sandsalie

(syn. S. aurea) - In mild climates this extraordinary species forms a medium sized perennial shrub. It has large bright yellow clawlike flowers which quickly turn a rusty-brown. One of those plants which makes you stop in your tracks to wonder what it is!

 
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SALVIA 'Amante'

SALVIA 'Amante'

Sage

pink flowers from purple calyces

 
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SALVIA 'Amistad'

SALVIA 'Amistad'

Friendship sage, Sage

purple flowers from deep purple calyces

 
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SALVIA argentea

SALVIA argentea

Silver sage

rosettes of silver furry leaves with spikes of soft pink white flowers

 
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SALVIA 'Blue Note'

SALVIA 'Blue Note'

Autumn sage, Sage

(syn. S. greggii 'Blue Note') - small true-blue flowers

 
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SALVIA bulleyana

SALVIA bulleyana

Sage

long terminal racemes of paired yellow flowers. A clump-forming perennial

 
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SALVIA 'Clotted Cream'

SALVIA 'Clotted Cream'

Sage

creamy-white open-mouthed flowers in profusion from spring to autumn

 
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SALVIA confertiflora

SALVIA confertiflora

Red velvet sage

woody-based perennial with long spikes of orange-red flowers in summer. Frost tender

 
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SALVIA discolor

SALVIA discolor

Andean silver-leaf sage

dark purple flowers with silvery-green calyces. Green leaves backed with white hairs. Scandent to 3ft

 
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SALVIA 'Dyson's Joy'

SALVIA 'Dyson's Joy'

Sage

a bicoloured variety with white tinged pink flowers before a pinkish-red calyx

 
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SALVIA 'Embers Wish'

SALVIA 'Embers Wish'

Sage

coppery yellow in bud opening to an intense red.

 
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SALVIA guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

SALVIA guaranitica 'Black and Blue'

Anise-scented sage

purple-blue flowers with near-black calyces. Vigorous

 
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SALVIA x jamensis 'Hot Lips'

SALVIA x jamensis 'Hot Lips'

Sage

two-tone red and white flowers. Bushy perennial

 
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SALVIA x jamensis 'Nachtvlinder'

SALVIA x jamensis 'Nachtvlinder'

Sage

rich purple. Hardy

 
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SALVIA 'Love and Wishes'

SALVIA 'Love and Wishes'

Sage

popular runner up in RHS plant of the year 2015 with purple-pink flowers

 
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SALVIA microphylla 'Cerro Potosi'

SALVIA microphylla 'Cerro Potosi'

Sage

small magenta-pink flowers

 
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SALVIA nemorosa 'Caradonna'

SALVIA nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Balkan clary, Sage

upright racemes of violet-purple flowers right through the summer

 
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SALVIA nemorosa 'Crystal Blue'

SALVIA nemorosa 'Crystal Blue'

Balkan clary, Sage

a pale sky-blue variety and fully hardy

 
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SALVIA nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'

SALVIA nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'

Balkan clary, Sage

(syn. Freisland) - Compact growing with violet-blue flower spikes which are a magnet for insects

 
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SALVIA nemorosa 'Pink Beauty'

SALVIA nemorosa 'Pink Beauty'

Balkan clary, Sage

spikes of rose-pink flowers from reddish-purple calyces. Aromatic leaves. Hardy

 
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SALVIA officinalis 'Albiflora'

SALVIA officinalis 'Albiflora'

Sage

pure white flowers

 
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SALVIA officinalis 'Icterina'

SALVIA officinalis 'Icterina'

Golden sage

variegated yellow and green leaves

 
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SALVIA officinalis 'Purpurascens'

SALVIA officinalis 'Purpurascens'

Purple sage

red-purple young leaves

 
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SALVIA officinalis 'Tricolor'

SALVIA officinalis 'Tricolor'

Sage

grey-green leaves splashed creamy-white and suffused with pink and purple

 
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SALVIA 'Royal Bumble'

SALVIA 'Royal Bumble'

Sage

bright red flowers on deep purple stems. Fully hardy

 
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SALVIA sylvestris 'Mainacht'

SALVIA sylvestris 'Mainacht'

Wood sage

(syn. 'May Night') - deep purple-violet flowers from dark (almost black) stems

 
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SALVIA sylvestris 'Schneehügel'

SALVIA sylvestris 'Schneehügel'

Sage

neat wood sage with short spires of white flowers with green bracts

 
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SALVIA turkestanica

SALVIA turkestanica

Biennial clary

tall spikes of lavender flowers with white bracts and pungent foliage

 
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SALVIA uliginosa

SALVIA uliginosa

Sage

clear sky blue flowers

 
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SALVIA verticillata 'Purple Rain'

SALVIA verticillata 'Purple Rain'

Whorled clary

(syn. S. leucantha 'Purple Rain') - spikes of small purple flowers whorled on reddish stems

 
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