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Sage Tricolor

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SAFTRI

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SKU:
SAFTRI
Weight:
1.00 LBS
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Waterwise
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18 inches (24 inches with the flowers)
_description-width:
18 inches
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Full Sun
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Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'
Attracts:
Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds
Bloom Time:
Early to Mid Summer
Deer Resistant:
Yes
Edible:
Yes
Genus Name:
Salvia
Family Name:
Sage
Flower Color:
Purple
Foliage Color:
Green
Growth Rate:
Medium
Hardiness Zone:
4a
Harvest Season:
Late Spring to Early Fall
Landscape Uses:
Massing, Edging, Garden, Naturalizing, Herb, Container
Mature Height:
18 inches (24 inches with the flowers)
Mature Width:
18 inches
Prune Time:
Can Prune At Anytime
Light Needs:
Full Sun
Water Needs:
Dry to Average
Waterwise:
Waterwise
_callout-4|Light Needs:
Full Sun
_callout-25|Foliage Color:
Green
_callout-26|Flower Color:
Purple
_callout-27|Bloom Time:
Early to Mid Summer
_callout-28|Attracts:
Pollinators, Butterflies, Birds
_callout-10|Edible:
Yes
_callout-12|Deer Resistant:
Yes
_callout-17|Landscape Uses:
Massing, Edging, Garden, Naturalizing, Herb, Container

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Product Overview

Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'
Tricolor Sage has masses of beautiful racemes of fragrant lilac purple flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant narrow leaves are grayish green in color with showy purple variegation and tinges of white. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous purple in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Edible Qualities

Tricolor Sage is a perennial herb that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. The fragrant narrow grayish green leaves with showy purple variegation and tinges of white can be harvested at any time in the season. The leaves have a savory taste and a strong fragrance.

The leaves are most often used in the following ways:

  • Cooking
  • Drying
  • Seasoning

Features

Tricolor Sage has masses of beautiful racemes of fragrant lilac purple flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from early to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant narrow leaves are grayish green in color with showy purple variegation and tinges of white. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous purple in the fall.

This is an herbaceous perennial herb with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition. This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Tricolor Sage is sutiable for the following landscape applications:

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens
  • Herb Gardens
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Tricolor Sage will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 9 years.

This plant is quite ornamental as well as edible, and is as much at home in a landscape or flower garden as it is in a designated herb garden. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Tricolor Sage is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

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