Salvia microphylla
Garden Plant Information

Salvia microphylla


Salvia microphylla close up



Salvia microphylla (also called baby sage and blackcurrant sage)







General description

Herbaceous perennial in the UK though grown as a small shrub in its native South America. Has a long season of bright pink flowers. Very attractive to bees.

Season of interest

Flowers from summer to first frosts.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit - tends to be straggling and leggy if not kept pruned. H: 1m S: 1m

  2. Stems - square sectioned, greenish brown, sometimes with a hint of purple.

  3. Leaves - mid-green, ovate, serrated. Crushed leaves have a scent of black currant (hence the common name, black currant sage).

  4. Flowers -  whorls of hooded, bright pink flowers are borne from summer to the first frosts.

Cultural details


Full sun.


Light and well drained.


Survives winter down to about -10, but with damage. Take cuttings in late summer, or in autumn, if you're unsure of them surviving.


Protect from cold winter weather or take cuttings in summer to plant out the following spring. Young growth may be attacked by slugs and snails, and aphids can also be a problem. White fly is a problem for plants grown under glass.


Softwood cuttings in spring or semi-ripe cuttings during summer and autumn.




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Published: 21-10-2005

Updated:   16-11-2007