Common Name: Tricolour Sage
Latin Name: Salvia officinalis ‘Tricolour’
Description: Small, woody shrub with irregular pink and ivory coloured leaves and dark pink flowers in spring. Perennial. 60cm.
This plant makes the most stunning mass planting for full sun areas and is definately a plant that causes people to look twice!
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.
Cut back quite hard at the end of winter but only once new shoots have started to appear from the centre. Mulch well.
Uses: Leaves can be used in exactly the same way as normal sage 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.