Common—or garden—sage is the most popular type of salvia plant around the world. It’s easy to grow and care for and its leaves—fresh or dried—can be used for cooking, as a tea, and for medicinal purposes. It’s a very hardy plant that winters over well in most moderate climates, and it’s beneficial to other plants. This variety has purple-blue flowers that attract bees and butterflies. Common garden sage plants, when well-tended, can last for several years. However, as the plant ages and the stems become woody, it usually produces fewer leaves. Some gardeners then start over with a new plant, but many find that with a hard pruning, new leaves will proliferate.
- Full sun
- 6.0 to 7.0
- 4 to 10
- Grows 1 to 3 feet in height
- Spread of 1 to 3 feet
- Well-drained soil with occasional watering
- Also called culinary sage
- Woody stem, semi-shrub perennial
- Strongly aromatic gray-green leaves, lavender-blue flowers in late spring
- Can be used fresh or dried for cooking, seasoning, and medicinal teas
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