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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.
HerbaceousEarly in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Medium shrubTypically grow to around 4-6 feet in height
Additional FeaturesGood to knowWildlife plant. Very attractive to bees and butterflies. Used for culinary purposes (S. officinalis)Medicinal propertiesS. officinalis (common sage) - a history of use in medicinePests & DiseasesSlugs, snails on young growth. Under glass, aphids, red spider mite, whitefly, foot and root rots.Place of originWorldwide distribution in temperate and tropical regions.Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Soil ConditionsWell drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soilDislikes winter wet. An exception is S. uliginosa (bog sage) which needs moist soil.
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- Allergic reactions and pollen
- Plants which produce masses of pollen - to avoid
- Plants producing little pollen - relatively safe!
ACHILLEA 'Inca Gold'
AGASTACHE mexicana 'Red Fortune'
GAURA lindheimeri 'The Bride'
HAKONECHLOA macra 'All Gold'
HELENIUM 'Moerheim Beauty'
HELENIUM 'Ruby Tuesday'
PEROVSKIA atriplicifolia 'Blue Spire'
PERSICARIA microcephala 'Red Dragon'
Buy Varieties of SALVIA
(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!
pink flowers from purple calyces
purple flowers from deep purple calyces
rosettes of silver furry leaves with spikes of soft pink white flowers
(syn. S. greggii 'Blue Note') - small true-blue flowers
long terminal racemes of paired yellow flowers. A clump-forming perennial
creamy-white open-mouthed flowers in profusion from spring to autumn
woody-based perennial with long spikes of orange-red flowers in summer. Frost tender
dark purple flowers with silvery-green calyces. Green leaves backed with white hairs. Scandent to 3ft
a bicoloured variety with white tinged pink flowers before a pinkish-red calyx
coppery yellow in bud opening to an intense red.
purple-blue flowers with near-black calyces. Vigorous
two-tone red and white flowers. Bushy perennial
rich purple. Hardy
popular runner up in RHS plant of the year 2015 with purple-pink flowers
small magenta-pink flowers
upright racemes of violet-purple flowers right through the summer
a pale sky-blue variety and fully hardy
(syn. Freisland) - Compact growing with violet-blue flower spikes which are a magnet for insects
spikes of rose-pink flowers from reddish-purple calyces. Aromatic leaves. Hardy
pure white flowers
variegated yellow and green leaves
red-purple young leaves
grey-green leaves splashed creamy-white and suffused with pink and purple
bright red flowers on deep purple stems. Fully hardy
(syn. 'May Night') - deep purple-violet flowers from dark (almost black) stems
neat wood sage with short spires of white flowers with green bracts
tall spikes of lavender flowers with white bracts and pungent foliage
clear sky blue flowers
(syn. S. leucantha 'Purple Rain') - spikes of small purple flowers whorled on reddish stems