Purple Sage Herb Plant
Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'
About the Sage 'Family': Sage is an evergreen, perennial member of the Lamiaceae family native to the Mediterranean region. It has a long history of medicinal and culinary use as well as some varieties making particularly pretty ornamental herbs as well. During the late spring and summer sage flowers come out which can range in colour based on variety but are mostly pink or purple. The leaves are most often greyish green, slightly rugose textured and covered in small, soft hairs and have a warm, savoury, slightly peppery flavour.
Sage is listed as one the 'essential herbs' in Britain along with Parsley, Rosemary and Thyme. A traditional compliment to pork or stuffing, Sage has many culinary uses and goes well with cheeses or flavouring pasta. The leaves can also be used to flavour a warm herbal tea.
About Purple Sage: Purple Sage is a compact, aromatic, evergreen perennial with soft, purple leaves and bluish mauve flowers during the summer. The leaves are quite hairy and textured and can be used as you would most sages with the added benefit of making it a nice ornamental sage.
Grows to a height of around 40cm and spreads about the same.