Garden Sage

Salvia officinalis Lamiaceae

Other names

Common Sage

Growth habit




Native distribution

N. & Cent. Spain to W. Balkan Pennin. and Asia Minor

Biocultural value

In Classical times Sage was believed to increase longevity due to its many curative properties. Salvia is derived from the Latin 'salvere' to be saved. A classic seasoning for roasted meats, poultry, sausage, and stuffings. It also pairs well with winter squash, bean dishes and rich cream sauces.


Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant

Bluestone Perennials


Perennial shrub, to 80cm. Stems erect, much-branched, 4-angled, white-pubescent or -tomentose. Leaves to 55 x 15mm; petiolate, simple, oblong to elliptic, base obtuse or attenuate and occasionally lobulate, margin entire, rugose, white pubescent especially beneath; petioles to 2.5cm. Verticillasters 4-20 flowered, approximate, in more or less simple racemes; pedicels to 3mm; bracts ovate, apex narrowly acute, membranous; calyx to 14mm, bell shaped, glandular-punctate and pubescent, apex of teeth subulate to narrowly acute; corolla white or pink to violet or purple, tube to 15mm upper lip to 1cm. Fruit to 2 — 1mm, grey.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

fragrance, foliage characteristics, food, other ethnobotanical uses, medicinal/pharmaceutical