How to Grow Sage (Salvia)

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Sage, or salvia, is a plant that is found all over the planet because of it's ability to grow in a sunny spot with good drainage. Find out what part of the year produces violet flowers on sage plants with information from a sustainable gardener in this... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen and in this segment we're going to learn all about sage or salvia. And it's a gorgeous plant that's found all over the planet. And it grows really easy as long as it's in a sunny spot with good drainage. So this particular plant is a salvia carradona and it's a sage which is a perennial. It comes back year after year after year, and it has spikes of deep violet flowers on purple stems from June to August. And one part I love about savlias is that they attract butterflies and humming birds. They both love them. And they're very fragrant with blue gray leaves. They grow about two to three feet tall, so they're great in borders or in natural plantings and they like full hot sun with good drainage so they love compost. So most salvias are treated as annuals. You start in by seeding in the spring time, then they bloom in the summer to the first frost, and then they die back and either re-seed themselves or you can plant seeds again in the spring. It depends on the variety of the salvia because some of them can only handle temperatures at freezing. They cannot freeze at all. But other varieties can handle a little bit of frost. So it depends on the variety of savlia that you buy, depending on how hearty they are. So when you buy new salvia, you want the hearty varieties. Make sure that you check when you buy them. Because for example salvia splenden is a great red that's not hearty. So salvia don't ask for a whole lot. They're a great annual plant. You just plant them in the spring. They bloom all summer and then you just cut 'em back in the fall and they'll come back by seed every year. So plant them whenever you get the chance and then enjoy them all summer long.