Common Name: Purple Sage
Latin Name: Salvia officinalis ‘Purpurascens’
Description: Small, woody shrub with velvety, purple-grey leaves and purple-blue flowers in spring. Perennial. 60cm.
Harvesting: Start harvesting early. Leaves can be dried or frozen for up to 6 months.
Best Results: Give a deep soaking once a week and provide a complete fertiliser in spring.
Uses: Leaves used in stuffing and in meat dishes, especially with poultry and pork. Sage tea can be used as a gargle for sore throats.
Companion: Attracts nectar-loving birds, butterflies, and hoverflies to the garden.