Tricolor Sage Plants

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Misc Culinary
Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets
Soil Good, Well Drained
Also Good Fragrant, Foliage

Salvia officinalis Tricolor

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Salvia officinalis Tricolor

Salvia officinalis Tricolor is a useful and extremely attractive garden herb. It's a striking variety of sage with soft rounded leaves in a muted olive green with cream edges that are flushed beetroot pink at the edges. The stems are vivid purple so it will certainly brighten up your herb garden. If you're after the classic green sage or the purple one, or indeed any other kind of garden herb, take a look at our entire range UK grown herbs.

This gorgeous plant also has flowers in mid-summer; the vivid blue trumpets open from rich purple buds, a little like the early-spring blooms of pulmonarias. These, like the leaves, but mellower can be eaten, tossed into salads or fried in olive oil until crisp and used to garnish soups. The leaves are traditionally shredded and used in sausage-meat stuffings or sausage rolls. They're also a tasty addition to roasted vegetables, particularly squash and pumpkin.

In the garden

Always give sage sharply drained soil in full sun - it's a Mediterranean sun lover, after all. And don't overwater. It will be fine in a terracotta pot on a hot patio, too, where many other of the softer herbs will wilt and die. Or plant in a dedicated herb garden alongside other drought-tolerant species, such as curry plant, rosemary and thyme. This is one herb that's pretty enough to enter a mixed bed, where it makes attractive ground cover towards the front of a border, underneath pink roses, for example, where that blush colouring will complement the rose's blooms. It's perfect, too, with lavender, and any other plants with similar grey-green colouring.

Salvia officinalis Tricolor Features

  • Uses: soups, roasts and stuffings
  • Taste: Mediterranean, astringent
  • Harvest: spring to autumn
  • Storage: use fresh, can be frozen and dried
  • Foliage: green and cream with a pink blush
  • Flowers: small blue trumpets in summer
  • Height: 40cm
  • Spacing: 30cm
  • Life: Hardy perennial

Quick fact

You can make an astringent herbal tea with sage flowers: pour boiling water over the flowers and leave to steep for three minutes.

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Bareroot planting is best done between October and April
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