While Salvia officinalis ‘Tricolor’ is in the culinary sage family, we grow it for its looks. This woody-stemmed, semi-shrubby perennial grows to about 18″ tall and wide. The highly aromatic leaves are very textured. New leaves start dark green in the center of the leaf and red on the margins. Over time, the red turns to white. Stems are also a red-purple. In May it has whorls of two-lipped, lavender-blue flowers.
Pronunciation: SAL-vee-uh oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss
Species Meaning: Official - used in pharmacological sense
Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates very light shade, but best in full sun. Plants tend to sprawl, particularly when grown in less than full sun. Wet soils can be fatal.
Can be clipped to keep compact and to promote new leaves.
Easily propagated from cuttings.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P17016
Found in Streambed,
Towards the top of the main flight of stair with the metal rings sculpture.