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Products > Salvia officinalis 'Superb'
Salvia officinalis 'Superb' - Superb Garden Sage

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mediterranean (Europe)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Blue
Bloomtime: Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 2-3 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: < 0 F
Salvia officinalis 'Superb' (Superb Sage) A robust perennial, evergreen subshrub to 3 feet tall with upright stems holding narrow 4 inch long gray-green aromatic leaves topped by 1 inch long 2 lipped violet blue flowers in whorls on short spikes from mid spring to early summer. Plant in full sun in a well-draining soil and irrigate infrequently - tolerates dry, alkaline and shallow soils but will suffer in winter if soils do not drain or if overwatered. Very cold hardy (-30 F) and useful down to USDA Zone 4. This is a very nice and showy plant for the perennial border or mixed in with other mediterranean climate shrubs. It attracts bees and butterflies the leaves can be used fresh or dried in cooking as a seasoning but use caution as it can also be toxic if used in excess. This plant has long been in cultivation for its medicinal and culinary use and more recently as an ornamental garden plant but its native range is thought to have originated in south eastern Europe in the Balkan Peninsula and naturalized many millennia ago throughout the Mediterranean region, from the Iberia peninsula east to the Balkans and in northern Africa. This plant was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in 1753 and had been cultivated for centuries for its food and medicinal properties. The specific epithet "officinalis" refers to the plant's medicinal use as 'officina' was the word used for the storeroom of a monastery where herbs and medicines were stored and so plants so named are known for their medicinal or culinary value. Is called by the common names sage, garden sage, common sage, culinary sage Dalmatian sage and broadleaf sage. This fantastic selection was given unnamed to us by Carol Bornstein, Director of the Nature Gardens at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County. To designate the qualities of this plant we now call this cultivar 'Superb'.  Information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it. We also will incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback of any kind from those who have additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips would aid others in growing Salvia officinalis 'Superb'.