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A picture of a Bulley's Sage

Bulley's Sage

Salvia bulleyana

Also known as

Chinese Sage

Photo by GardenBeautyuk (All rights reserved)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








2 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

Bulley's Sage Overview

Salvia bulleyana, occasionally known as Bulley's Sage, is a clump-forming perennial with fragrant scalloped and veined medium green leaves that get to 12cm. In mid-summer, 3cm long yellow and purple flowers appear in pairs. This sun-loving plant will tolerate some dappled shade and provide late summer, early autumn interest in mixed flower borders and for pollinating insects. It is occasionally sold as Saliva flava var. megalantha.

Common problems with Bulley's Sage

How to propagate Bulley's Sage


Take softwood cuttings in summer and semi-ripe cuttings in autumn.


Clumps can be lifted an divided in spring or autumn.

Special features of Bulley's Sage

Attractive flowers

Attracts useful insects

Other uses of Bulley's Sage

Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Salvia bulleyana suits being included in planting schemes for Informal/Cottage style, Mediterranean and Coastal gardens.


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