Salvia officinalis Tricolor Garden Sage

Tricolor Garden Sage in the Garden

Tricolor Garden Sage is a form of regular culinary Garden Sage and can be used in place of Garden Sage in any recipe. The irregular pattern of variegation in these leaves is stunning in the garden and is a worthy garnish for any poultry dish. Many a cooking magazine has featured their Thanksgiving Turkey platter adorned with either Tricolor Garden Sage or Golden Garden Sage.

Italian Oregano Thyme and Tricolor Sage

The brightly colored leaves of  Tricolor Garden Sage complement many different combinations in the garden. To the left,  Tricolor Sage and Italian Oregano Thyme add splashes of color to an early spring garden. Try tucking it in the garden with the bluish purple flowers of Giant Catmint, and the giant flowers of Spotted Bee Balm.

Tricolor Sage Leaf Blown Up to Show its True Colors

A Perfect Tricolor Sage Leaf

The photo at the top is a blow up of a small piece of the Tricolor Sage on the left. The fuzzy texture of each cell is typical of the Lamiaceae family to which all Salvias belong.

Tricolor  Garden Sage leaves that receive insufficient amounts of sun do not develop the pink margins that you see above. These areas would be white. In the sun these areas color, kind of like a sunburn. A shady afternoon spot in areas that get very hot in the summer will help this sage from burning on the margins. While Garden Sages are generally water conserving, they look best and live longest when well hydrated in the summer.

Tricolor Garden Sage would make a tasty addition to our Kitchen Herb Garden Six Pack or our Gourmet Herb Garden Six Pack.

Cultural Information

Height: 2 Feet

Hardiness: Perennial
in Zones 5-11

Flower Color: Puts up the
occasional purple flower spike

Characteristics: Evergreen,
Full Sun, Good Drainage

Uses: Culinary, Fragrant,
Ornamental, Water Conserving

Tricolor Garden Sage

$4.95 per 3 inch pot



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