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A picture of a Sage


Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'

Also known as

Common Sage 'Tricolor'

Photo by CandideUK (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Sage Overview

Sage is an attractive, hardy, low maintenance plant that can tolerate poor soil conditions and drought. It has many uses, including culinary, medicinal, insect repellent or ornamental. 'Tricolor' is a cultivar of Sage that has green leaves tinted with pink and striped with cream. Light blue flowers bloom in early summer.

Common problems with Sage

Sage is susceptible to stem rot and whiteflies.

Sage Companion Plants

How to harvest Sage

Leaves can be harvested throughout the year, preferably before the flowers open. Harvest lightly in the first year to ensure that the plant grows fully. Sage is best fresh but can be frozen or dried.

How to propagate Sage


Start seeds indoors in frost areas 6-10 weeks before transplanting or sow seeds directly in Spring and Summer. Germination takes 2 weeks.


Take half ripe stem or shoot cuttings 5-10 cm long or mature cuttings 7-10 cm long from Spring to Autumn and plant out directly. Keep moist until well-rooted


Divide plants in Spring.


Air layer in Spring or Autumn.

Special features of Sage

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Repels harmful insects

Sage repels ants, black flea beetle, cabbage fly, cabbage looper and cabbage maggot.

Drought resistant

Pot plant

Sage makes a good potted plant, but provide good drainage.

Attractive leaves

Other uses of Sage

Culinary, border, foliage, fragrance, walls, rock garden, conservatory, medicinal


The leaves are edible and have a savoury, slightly peppery flavour. The flowers and leaves can be eaten raw, cooked, boiled or pickled.


Used as a homoeopathic medicine. The oil is thought to have astringent and stimulant properties and soothe muscle stiffness, rheumatism, and neuralgic conditions. It is antiseptic and anti-viral.