Salvia officinalis

Salvia officinalis

Sage

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Salvia officinalis
  • Common name: Sage
  • Plant type: Shrub

Height: 75cm

Spread: 1m

Flower colour:
  • Blue
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Flowers

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The name 'Salvia' derives from the old Latin Salveo, meaning 'I heal' or 'I save'. Sage, Salvia officinalis, was used as a healing plant, by Greeks and Romans. While it's now mainly used as a culinary herb, sage as a tea made by steeping a few sage leaves in hot water is today still used as a remedy for coughs and sore throats. 

As well as its culinary value, sage is a valuable decorative evergreen shrub, which doesn't look out of place in ornamental borders.

Grow Salvia officinalis in well-drained soil in full sun. Clip plants annually to preserve their shape and encourage growth of fresh leaves, which have the best flavour and colour. Older plants eventually become woody but are easily propagated from cuttings or by layering the naturally arching branches.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Take cuttings
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Prune
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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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