Common sage

Salvia officinalis

Common sage - Salvia officinalis

Common Name: Common sage
Genus: Salvia
Species: officinalis

Category: Shrubs and Sub-shrubs
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has fragrant flowers/foliage, Suitable for growing in containers

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.80 m (80 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 1.00 m (100 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Blue, Lilac
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

  • Other features: the leaves can be used fresh or dried to make stuffings herb teas and herb butter

Spikes of lilac-blue flowers in early to mid-summer and grey-green aromatic leaves. Sage's handsome foliage makes a fabulous and robust edge for a sunny herb garden or mini potager. Collected before the plant has flowered and freshly chopped the aromatic leaves are valuable for flavouring stuffings, herbal teas and meat dishes.

  • Garden care: To encourage a plentiful supply of young red-purple foliage gather the leaves regularly and prune lightly in July after flowering.


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