Greek Sage

Salvia fruticosa Lamiaceae

Growth habit



Cultivated as annual

Native distribution

Canary Is & N Africa

Biocultural value

Native to the Mediterranean, this sage species has been a culinary seasoning since ancient times.


Robison Herb Garden

Source of plant



Shrub to 1m. Stems much-branched, glanduar pubescent to tomentose. Leaves to 5x2cm, petiolate, simple or pinnatifid, ovate or lanceolate to oblong, somewhat rugose, white-tomentose beneath, terminal segments elliptic to auriculate, margin notched; petioles to 3cm. Verticillasters 2-8 flowered, approximate or distant, in panicles or racemes to 20cm; pedicels to 2mm; bracts to 7x3mm, deciduous, ovate, apex narrowly acute, bracteoles deciduous, membranous; calyx to 9mm, tubular to bell-shaped, glandular-pubescent, lips connate in fruit, teeth of lower lip subequal, deltoid, apex acute; corolla to 25mm, pink to mauve or, occasionally, white, tube plane, interior annular-pubescent, uper lip plane. Fruit to 3mm, globose to ovoid.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

food, tender perennial