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Salvia miltiorrhiza (Red Sage) Herb Plant

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Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Red Sage (Salvia miltiorrhiza)Herb in 1 Litre Pot

Red Sage or Red-Rooted Sage, Salvia miltiorrhiza, Chinese Sage or Dan shen are all names for this variety. This sage is a deciduous perennial with branching stems, and it grows to 60 cm. The 3 cm inflorescences are covered with hairs and sticky glands. Flowers grow in whorls, with light purple to lavender blue corollas. Salvia miltiorrhiza prefers well draining soil, with about half a day of sunlight. It is hardy to approximately −10 °C (14 °F).This salvia is native to China and Japan, where it prefers hillsides, forests and stream banks as habitat at elevations of 100-1200 meters. It is cultivated in China for its use in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Preferring well-drained sunny positions, this is a good plant to put in a container, where it can be moved into a sheltered position over winter.

Herb Usage 

Salvia miltiorrhiza has been widely used in China and, to a lesser extent, in Japan, treating cerebrovascular disorders, cardiovascular problems and circulatory disorders, promoting blood circulation and as a general tonic.  The red-roots are the part of the plant used in Chinese medicine where they are dried to be used medicinally. 

The leaves have a bitter flavour but may be used fresh or dried to flavour a variety of dishes, such as meats, sausages and poultry.

Buy Red Sage Online

Our potted Red Sage herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September, plant out once all risk of Frost has passed. 

Salvia miltiorrhiza (Red Sage) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Light Well Drained soil
Flower Colour Red
Height 60cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Salvia miltiorrhiza
Hardiness RHS rating H4 - Hardy average winter
Culinary None
Scented Foliage
Medicinal/Cosmetic None
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Cottage/Informal