Sage

‘Purpurascens’

Edible Sage is probably one of my favorite herbs to have in the garden and the kitchen. You can fully harvest the plant up to three times ( once in it’s first establishing year) and each plant lasts about 4 to 5 years.  It doesn’t divide well so generally start your Sage using cuttings or seed.

In medieval times, Sage was used as a post meal digestive while Egyptian women drank Sage tea for fertility.  The flavours available go well past the classic with varieties that include orange, chocolate and pineapple.  These plants don’t enjoy heavy fertile soils so keep it out of your vegetable garden althoughwith it’s gray-green to burgundy leaves it would fit into any perennial garden with ease.

Sage

Salvia officinalis

  • Light Exposure: Sun
  • Soil Type: Well draining, moist
  • Height: 30″
  • Width: 36″
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Bloom Colour: White, purple, pink
  • Foliage Colour: Gray/green, purplish
  • Pests and Disease: Aphids, slugs, spider mites, thrips, leaf spot, rust, root rot, powdery mildew
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage, dried, fragrant
  • Zone: 5-10

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