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Salvia officinalis

Common sage

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Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


Salvia officinalis

Plant details

Sage was an old healing plant, sacred to the Romans, and it remains an important culinary herb with a distinctive taste. But it is also a decorative evergreen shrub that deserves a place in flower borders, especially the slightly less hardy variegated forms. All kinds should be clipped annually to preserve their neat shape and encourage plenty of young foliage, which has 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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