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A picture of a Painted Sage

Painted Sage

Salvia viridis

Also known as

Annual Clary, Green-Topped Sage, Bluebeard, Wild Clary, Sage

Salvia viridis by Stickpen (CC0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Painted Sage

A close up of some purple Salvia viridis flowers
A close up of a purple Salvia viridis flower stem
A photo of Painted Sage
A photo of Painted Sage

Painted Sage Overview

Salvia viridis is a stunning annual plant that produces tall spikes of attractive, if insignificant flowers, these are borne on upright stems in the summer. They are grown more for the colourful bracts which surround the flowers. They may be purple, pink, blue or white in colour and many cultivars have been developed from this species in a range of shades. It has an upright habit and is hardy to -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Painted Sage

How to propagate Painted Sage


Sow in spring, this species is likely to self-seed itself if left unattended.


You can propagate from seeds in the spring, cuttings in early summer.


Division at any time.

Special features of Painted Sage

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Painted Sage

Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods. Suitable for coastal conditions.