Purple-Leaved Garden Sage

Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens' Lamiaceae

Growth habit




Biocultural value

Sage leaf tea laced with honey and lemon is a classic remedy for sore throat. Similar to common sage, it can be used to season roasted meats, poultry, sausage and stuffings. It also pairs well with winter squash, bean dishes and rich cream sauces. Sage tea was once highly valued by the Chinese, who traded China tea for sage leaves.


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Source of plant

Sandy Mush Herb Nursery


Aromatic, semi-evergreen dwarf shrub with purple young foliage and stems, becoming grey-green; leaves oblong, 3-6cm long. Purple-blue flowers 2cm long in terminal racemes.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

foliage characteristics, fragrance, food, medicinal/pharmaceutical