Shrubby evergreen perennial herb to about 0.8 m tall, white-hairy. Leaves oblong to elliptic, to about 5 cm long,1.5 cm wide, entire or occasionally with a few lobes, greygreen, wrinkled, very pale below, stalked. Flowers in more or less unbranched clusters in verticillasters of 5-15 flowers. Corolla tube to about 1.5 cm long, white or pink to purple; late spring to summer.
N Africa, Mediterranean
This is culinary sage used in cooking as a seasoning to flavour stews, chicken stuffing etc., as well as in pot-pourri and for making tonic teas.
Tucker et al. (1980).
Purpurascens Group Leaves reddish purple. This group comprises a range of cultivars with slightly different shades of purple, although only one is probably available in Australia (under the name S. 'Purpurascens').
Source: (2002). Salvia. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.