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Golden Variegated Sage

Golden variegated sage

Golden variegated sage

Golden sage (salvia officinalis aurea icterina) does double duty as a culinary and ornamental sage. Its creamy yellow and deep green variegated leaves will bring beauty to your garden and flavor to your cooking and beverages. Like all salvias, golden variegated sage loves sun, but in this plant, the more sun it gets, the deeper and more distinct the variegation in its leaves. Golden sage grows smaller than many other sage plants, so it’s perfect for a smaller space or in a pot. The taste of golden sage is somewhat milder than common sage, making it a perfect pairing with beverages.

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 6 to 9


  • Grows 1 to 3 feet in height
  • Spread of 1 to 3 feet


  • Moist but well-drained soil


  • Deep green and creamy yellow, leathered leaves
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Deer resistant
  • Drought and frost tolerant
  • Great for cooking and beverages

Have you ever tried growing golden variegated sage? Were there any challenges you faced? Please tell us your best tips for growing golden variegated sage.


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