Grey green foliage, splashed with white, pink and purple. An interesting variant of the culinary Sage.
Light blue flowers in early summer.
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): Culinary Sage.