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Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple Sage) Herb Plant


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.

Purple Sage (Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens') Herb in 9cm Pot

Purple Sage, or Salvia officinalis purpurascens is a purple-leaved version of Garden sage or Common sage, and is a small perennial evergreen plant with woody stems. Purple Sage grows to approximately 60-70cm tall and wide, and does not flower as readily as its cousin, common sage, in cooler climates. If it does flower, lavender/violet/blue flowers will appear in late spring or summer. Like Common Sage it is native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world, Sage has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times as an ornamental garden plant.

Preferring light, well-drained soil and full sun, Sage plants will often flourish all year, and should have leaves to harvest for much of the year.

Herb Usage

Whilst Purple Sage is now mainly used as a culinary herb and an ornamental, it can be made into a tea by steeping a few sage leaves in hot water is today still used as a remedy for coughs and sore throats. As a culinary herb, Sage has a slight peppery taste, and is used to flavour fatty meats in the form of stuffing and sauces, and also adds flavour to soft cheeses and pickles. Also try frying the leaves in some hot oil until crispy and sprinkle over a pork chop or even a fried egg on toast with a sprinkling of chilli flakes - delicious!

Buy Purple Sage Online

Our potted Purple Sage herb plants are generally available to buy online all year round.



Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' (Purple Sage) Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun/Partial shade
Soil Type Light Well Drained soil
Flower Colour Mauve
Height 60cm
Spread 60cm
Latin Name Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
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
  • 5
    healthy plants

    Posted by greenfingers on 30th Jun 2020

    great plants

  • 5
    Purple sage

    Posted by Unknown on 21st Aug 2019

    The plant arrived in excellent condition , i was able to water it and plant it out straight away . A week later it is looking very healthy