With soft, gray-green leaves and violet flowers,
a classic seasoning in food and ancient medicine, also makes nice wreaths and dried bouquets.
Handsome all year-hardy to 0F if given good drainage and winter mulch.
Likes full sun, drought-tolerant once established. Said to deter pests in the garden and make an effective mouthwash to prevent gum disease.
BOTANICAL NAME: Salvia officinalis
Easy to germinate and grow. A period of cold, moist conditioning may improve germination; planting in spring will give it some cool weather to start. Transplant 18" apart into an area of full sun and with well-drained soil. Rocks and gravel in the top inch or two will help winter drainage. Water the young plants but not too heavily. Once established they can be drought tolerant. Re-sow every 3 or 4 years. This perennial will grow to a height of 2'.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION:
Perennial/Zones 4-9/Height 2'/Spacing 18"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION :Bee Friendly
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