This is a beautiful and versatile plant which should be in every garden. It is easy to grow and even easier to care for. Another great thing is deer don't eat it!
Sage is a shrubby evergreen perennial. It has strongly textured velvety gray green leaves that last all year long giving it great value in the winter garden. The leaves are about two inches long with many new ones being produced in the spring and summer months. It can reach up to two feet in height and 36 inches wide. Stems become woody as the plant matures.
In late spring to early summer it produces a huge profusion of blue violet flowers. In some cases flowers can be pink or white. Flowers develop on spikes reaching 18 inches long with each flower about 1/2 inch long. Flowers persist for several weeks and can be cut to use in bouquets, they also make wonderful dried flowers.
If flower stalks are picked plant will reflower in early fall, although not as profusely.
Sage has a strong aroma and the oil is evident if you pick just one leaf. This well known plant has been used for centuries in cooking and for medicinal purposes. The pungent taste make it a versatile herb used in many recipes especially stuffing, cheese, and meat dishes, and especially sausages. It's easy to pick and dry and lasts for months or even years if stored correctly.
Sage likes a well drained soil and full sun. Seeds are large and easy to handle so are a good choice for children. Seeds germinate well. Plant at least 12-14 inches apart as bushes will spread. Cutting downs some of the woody stems each year keeps the plant fresh and prevents it from leafing out. May flower in the first year but profusion of flowers will not occur until it's second year.Season: Perennial
Zones: 5 - 9
Height: 18 - 30 inches
Width: 36 inches
Bloom Season: Early Summer
Environment: Well drained, dry soil--Full sun and neutral to alkaline soil but will grow in slightly acid soils.