Prune back late summer after flowering to keep the plants from getting leggy. Oh also, the leaves are great as a gin ingredient!
Latin Name: Salvia microphylla var. microphylla
Soil Type: Free draining
Where should I plant this variety? Full sun
How tall does it grow? Approx. 1.2m
How much space does it need? Approx. 80cm
When does it flower? Bright red/pink flowers during summer
Top care tips: Protect from hard frosts to ensure healthy plant during the winter
This is an absolute favourite of ours. We want you to meet “Blackcurrant Sage” or ‘Salvia microphylla var microphylla’ as we refer to it after a few glasses of gin containing this very cool plant.
When growing herbs, it is sometimes easy to get lost down a rabbit hole of ‘expert advice’ and Latin names. You can learn about the genus of the variety or its history, but it is also good to get back to basics and remember the child-like joy that these plants inspire. Blackcurrant Sage has gorgeous red flowers and smells of Blackcurrant. How cool is that? When you rub the leaves of this plant it doesn’t leave you with any doubt as to the strength of its flavour. It isn’t subtle and the fragrance that this plant brings is enough to put massive smiles on our faces. The flower on this plant is so bright that it draws the eye. It lends colour and excitement to any kitchen garden space.
Chefs that we work with enjoy partnering this flavour with a strong cheese or as a topping on dessert. It makes a gorgeous herbal tea too!
Delivery options explained
Pre-order delivery option
From January to March, customers are able to pre-order herbs for delivery later in spring, to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. We begin dispatch of pre-orders from late March, once all items in your order are available for dispatch in one delivery, as some varieties will be available a little later in the year than others. You will receive notification when this dispatch takes place along with tracking information but if you would like an estimated delivery date after placing your pre-order, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Order Now delivery option
From late March to autumn, herbs will be available for immediate dispatch subject to their availability. We dispatch our fresh potted herbs Monday-Wednesday each week to avoid postal delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all fresh herb orders in less than seven days, i.e. an order placed Thursday-Sunday would likely be dispatched the following Monday/Tuesday. Orders placed Monday-Tuesday we would aim to dispatch by the Wednesday of that week. We do not dispatch on bank holidays.
If you have a specific dispatch date that you would like us to aim towards, please do not hesitate to let us know. We can't guarantee a particular date but will strive to do our best for you.
All orders are dispatched via a next day courier, ensuring that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health. For customers in the Highlands and Channel Islands this is a 48-hour delivery service. (From 2021 onwards we are unable to ship to Northern Ireland.)
Please note that we do not offer a collection service. Our site is not suitable to receive visitors and this is a rule that we have to apply universally out of respect to our neighbours and family.
We aim to reuse packaging as much as possible. Your herbs will be delivered in taupe recyclable pots. We are moving over to using plastic blister cell packaging which contains at least 90% recycled content and is itself 100% recyclable. These things are important to you and are important to us.
Occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control, problems can arise. If you are not satisfied in the condition of your plants upon reaching you, please contact us as soon as possible providing pictures so that we can deal with your enquiry and feedback to our courier service. We will endeavour to ensure a resolution is reached that leaves you satisfied.