- Herbaceous perennial
- USDA hardiness zones:
Golden sage (aurea meaning gold) is a cultivar of the culinary sage familiar to most cooks. It is grown for both its ornamental qualities (variegated foliage) and it culinary properties. It is a compact, shrubby perennial which typically grows 1-1.5' tall and features wrinkled oblong leaves (to 4\ long) which are variegated with gold and light green. Leaves are strongly aromatic and may be used fresh or dried in cooking. Whorls of two-lipped, lavender-blue flowers (to 1 inch long) in short, upright spikes appear in late spring. A mint family member that is attractive to bees and butterflies."
- Full sun
- Dry to medium
Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates very light shade, but best in full sun. Wet and/or poorly-drained soils can be fatal. Unlike the species, this cultivar is not reliably winter hardy in the St. Louis area where it should be planted in a sheltered location and given winter protection.
Size and growth:
- 1.0 to 1.5 feet
- 1.5 to 2.0 feet
Bloom / flowers:
- May - June
Lavender, Blue, Colored leaves, Showy flowers, Fragrant leaves, Herb, Annual, and Butterflies
Mix with perennials in borders or rock gardens. Excellent in herb or vegetable gardens.
No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to root rot in wet soils. Taller plants tend to sprawl and may need some support when grown as ornamentals in the border.