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Salvia officinalis

Common sage

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


Salvia officinalis

Plant details

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.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Salvia

Species: officinalis

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: Blue

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 100cm

Reader reviews


Really like having this plant on the allotment. The striking blue/ purple flowers attract the bees. Works well as a companion plant.

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