Salvia officinalis 'Icterina'
Garden Plant Information

Salvia 'Icterina'

 

S_icterina closeup

 

Name

Salvia officinalis 'Icterina' (also called golden sage)

Genus  

Salvia

Species

officinalis

Cultivar/variety

'Icterina'

General description

Low-growing, evergreen, shrubby herb with scented variegated leaves. Useful for sunny borders and adds colour to herb gardens. Can be used in cooking. Attracts wildlife.

Season of interest

In leaf all year round.

Key horticultural features

  1. Habit - short, fairly closely growing, forms a mound. H: up to 80cm S: 1m

  2. Stems - pale green, sometimes with a tinge of pink, square.

  3. Leaves - opposite, mid-green with yellow-splashed edges, grey-green leaf stem. Texture is soft and felt-like.

  4. Flowers - occasionally produces small spikes of lilac -blue flowers.

Cultural details

Aspect

Full sun to partial shade, though colours will be brighter in full sun.

Soil

Light, well-drained.

Hardiness

Frost hardy.

Maintenance

Prune lightly after flowering and gather leaves regularly to encourage new growth.

Propagation

By cuttings, with a heel, taken from early summer to mid autumn. Plants can also be layered, in spring or autumn by mounding soil over the plant and waiting for the stems to root into it. These can be removed and potted up within about six months.

 

 

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Published: 15-11-2005

Updated:   16-11-2007