Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple Culinary Sage)

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Plant Overview

Dusky purple foliage, equally good for cooking as the ordinary Salvia officinalis. A useful evergreen purple foliage plant for the border or herb bed.

Purple-blue flowers in early summer.

RHS Award for Garden Merit.

Height: 50cm

The word Salvia comes from salvere, to save. The Romans called culinary Sage "herba sacra", and it was also highly valued by the Chinese as it was thought to prolong life. The Greeks and Romans thought it banished meloncholy. "Eat sage in May and you'll live for aye" was an old country saying, advocating sage sandwiches and sage tea. The Chinese imported sage from western Europe at five times the price we paid for their tea. 

All Salvias like a warm, sunny position in a Well-Drained soil.

Common name(s): Purple Culinary Sage.

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