Variegated Sage Picture Gallery

Variegated leaf plants catch the eye. Sages with variegated foliage are easy to love, because of the drama and fascination they add to almost any garden.

Variegation occurs when pigmentation of leaves is uneven or when green pigment is masked by the red and purple pigments of anthocyanins. White patches indicate absence of pigment. Heavily variegated plants grow more slowly than ones with plenty of green pigment, because they have less chloroplasts for photosynthesis -- the process of converting sunlight to energy.

FBTS offers a number of variegated Sages with mottling in shades of green, cream, gold and white. The variegation ranges from subtle combinations of green to deep green leaves edged in crisp white. For a comprehensive discussion of variegation in plants, see this article in Wikipedia.


Properties for plants in the Variegated Sage Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia x guaranitica 'Omaha Gold' 3 to 4 feet 3 to 4 feet Strong Violet Dark Purple Partial shade
Salvia leucantha 'Variegata' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Reddish Purple Vivid Reddish Purple Partial shade
Salvia nipponica 'Fuji Snow' 1 to 2 feet 1 to2 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Partial to full shade
Salvia splendens van houttei 'Dancing Flame' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Moderate Reddish Orange Vivid Reddish Orange Partial shade
Salvia glabrescens 'Shi Ho' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Deep Reddish Purple Dark Red Partial to full shade
Salvia microphylla 'Variegata' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Vivid Red Moderate Red Full sun to partial shade
* We have not yet defined this plants colors