25 April 2012

Garden Sage - Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'

Now in its 4th year! The tricolor sage pulled through another winter in zone 7.

Tried and true. Low maintenance. Great butterfly attracting plant when in flower.
Avoid wet soil.
Use as a decorative and great scented garden plant and harvest for the kitchen.


Tricolor is a beautiful addition to the herb bed, along the rock walkway.

Betsy Clebsch, author of  "New Book of Salvias", said it is one of the early medicinals discovered in 1753 by Carl Linnaeus. Give it good drainage and full sun. The leaves vary widely from white cream, grey cream to rose.

She also said, "I find this plant indispensable."

More info - Monrovia plants
Plants available from Mountain Valley Growers

Start from seed if you like. When your plants are large enough you can propagate Salvia officinalis by taking cuttings and by layering.

2 comments:

Donna said...

I really love Salvias in the garden. The leaves are soft and the flowers are long lasting. A nice plant to feature in a post. It rarely gets talked about and is very deserving.

Martha said...

Me, too, Donna.
I've tried to add several more but they do not seem to like our weather enough to stick around.
My most reliable is Pineapple Sage - it has come back for 5 years in a row.