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Salvia spp.

Loistosalvia 1 by kallerna (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Sage Overview

Salvia is a large genus containing annual, herbaceous perennial and shrub plants, widely distributed across parts of Central and South America, the Mediterranean and Asia. There are around 900 diverse species, with usually square stems which bear opposite pairs of leaves that may be hairy and/or aromatic. There are a number of varieties, cultivars and hybrids that are popular as garden plants, grown for their attractive tubular flowers as well as their scented foliage. Many Salvia plants, some of which are known as Sage, are used extensively as culinary herbs, ornamentals, and medicinal plants. In addition to the culinary herb sage Salvia officinalis, commonly Sage, this genus now also contains Rosemary, Salvia rosmarinus, (formerly Rosmarinus officinalis). Salvia flowers are highly attractive to pollinators.

Common problems with Sage

Sage Companion Plants

How to propagate Sage



Divide perennials in spring.


Special features of Sage

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Other uses of 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.

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