Salvia officinalis Laminaceae
Garden Sage, Common Sage SAL-vee-a o-fis-i-NA-lis
- Herbaceous evergreen shrublet, 1-2 ft (30-60 cm), often greater width, stem 4-angled, more or less woody. Leaves pale gray-green, 7.5-10 cm long, oblong to elliptic, entire, rugose (winked), pubescent below, aromatic when crushed. Flowers violet-blue (also pink, white), about 2 cm long, 5-10 per cluster, on spikes in spring and early summer.
- Sun, grows well on poor, but well-drained soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Native range from Spain to Western Balkan Peninsula and Asia Minor. Commonly grown as an herb and spice. Several cultivars available.