Sage 'Icterina'

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Salvia officinalis is commonly known as garden sage. Native to the Mediterranean, it has long been used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is also attractive to look at, with evergreen oval grey-green leaves, and blue-purple flowers, so it can be used for ornamental purposes too. Sage was sacred to the Romans who believed it had healing properties, and it has long been used to ward off evil. It's very hardy and easy to grow. It will grow up to 75cm in height. There are also some variegated varieties, however these tend to be a little less hardy. The word Salvia comes from the Latin word salvere meaning to save, a reference to the healing properties of this plant.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1
Spread [m]
  • 1
Dominant flower colour
  • Violet
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Variegated
Foliage in summer
  • Variegated
Foliage in Autumn
  • Variegated
Foliage in winter
  • Variegated
Awards?
  • Yes, let it smell
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
Growth habit
  • Bushy
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-8
Heat zone
  • H8-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -7
Heat days
  • 30 - 120
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Culinary use
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • For birds & bees
  • For every season
  • Author's choice
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • up to 10 years
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Salvia officinalis is commonly known as garden sage. Native to the Mediterranean, it has long been used for culinary and medicinal purposes. It is also attractive to look at, with evergreen oval grey-green leaves, and blue-purple flowers, so it can be used for ornamental purposes too. Sage was sacred to the Romans who believed it had healing properties, and it has long been used to ward off evil. It's very hardy and easy to grow. It will grow up to 75cm in height. There are also some variegated varieties, however these tend to be a little less hardy. The word Salvia comes from the Latin word salvere meaning to save, a reference to the healing properties of this plant.

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