Hardiness: USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 °C (-30 °F) USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 °C (-25 °F) USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 °C (10 °F) USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 °C (15 °F) USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 °C (20 °F) USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 °C (25 °F) USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 °C (30 °F) USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 °C (35 °F) USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 °C (40 °F)
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Bloom Color: Rose/Mauve Violet/Lavender
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer
Foliage: Evergreen Aromatic
Other details: This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 5.6 to 6.0 (acidic) 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic) 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral) 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
On Aug 4, 2009, napdognewfie from Cumberland, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:
Stays green so I can use it year round. I can even pick it fresh for my Thanksgiving & Christmas stuffing. Beautiful blue flowers too. I have one in the flower garden in front & one in the herb garden in back.
On Jul 8, 2009, kitty_mom from Waverly, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:
I have a second year sage plant from seed in a pot. It's sort of a diva- it wants to be in the sun, then it gets too much and it wants to be moved. I'm thinking it's home is going to be in the partial shade on a side porch. Likes to be watered regularly or she'll wilt and be very accusatory and try to make you feel bad. ;) I've taken some cuttings and they're doing well, and I'll start sitting them in the sun in the next week.
8/26/2009- moved the largest sage to the side of the garden, planted it in ground in full sun. It seems to really like this location.
Excellent flavor, one of my faves.
This is one of the first plants I started from seed, as a clueless 13-year-old, which should tell you how easy it is to grow. It's very hardy, drought-tolerant, pest-free and handles crappy soil well. It's also so attractive and easy to blend in as an ornamental. If only it ddn't smell like stinky socks.
This year I'm putting one in next to my apricot-colored rose, so the lovely blue-purple flower spikes (they also make great accents in cut bouquets, especially with white peony) can provide contrast. I've had variegated sage there for 3 years now, but no blooms, so I dug the ingrates out and it's back to common sage for me.
I grow sage in a pot on my outdoor patio. Have been very successful and fine it dries very well in my dehydrater. The plant last a long time in Florida.
Sage is also used for stopping a wound from bleeding. I had a real bad cut on my arm recently. I had read an article in the newspaper a few days before about putting sage on cuts to stop the bleeding. It really worked and I have almost no noticeable scar.
We are employing this plant as a feature in our yard landscaping. It has done quite well in partial shade and winters over in our North Texas climate (Zone 7-b) without special care. Four inch potted transplants set out last spring have reached a height of approximately two feet with about an eighteen inch spread. They were co-planted with Tuscan Blue Rosemary and Society Garlic.
We have been very pleased with this plant in terms of its appearance and its ease-of-cultivation.
Likes a very well drained, poorish soil in full sun.
Sage has a long history as a medicinal and culinary plant. It was used in the treatment of plague (not specified which one, they probably tried it for all of them), epilepsy, cramp, sore throats, palsy, headaches, colds, and lethargy among many others. Oh yes and not forgetting snake bites, come to think of it, what didn't our ancestors use for snake bite?
It was also used as a tonic to improve the brain and thinking.
It is drunk as a tea, eaten as; sage and onion stuffing for meat, sausages, herb butters, cheese and put into various sauces, drinks and soups.
Cosmetically it was used to whiten teeth, hair tonic and bath soak. Its also used as an essential oil for perfumes.
It also has a use in the wildlife garden and is a great nectar plant especially loved by bees.
If you feel you want to use it medicinally, please take care not to overdose. Too much Sage can bring on cause symptoms much like poisoning. If you do take it and begin to feel ill, get to a doctor and tell him what you have taken and how much.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Auburn, Alabama Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports) Saint David, Arizona Conway, Arkansas Amesti, California Clovis, California Long Beach, California Merced, California Ridgecrest, California Sacramento, California Santa Ana, California Temecula, California Colorado Springs, Colorado Denver, Colorado Edgewater, Colorado Cape Coral, Florida Citrus Ridge, Florida Jacksonville, Florida Rockledge, Florida Dacula, Georgia Waverly, Georgia Honomu, Hawaii Athens, Illinois Cherry Valley, Illinois Chicago, Illinois Morris, Illinois Western Springs, Illinois Chesterton, Indiana Rising Sun, Indiana Kansas City, Kansas Saint Marys, Kansas Benton, Kentucky Brodhead, Kentucky Ewing, Kentucky Kingfield, Maine Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Crofton, Maryland East Longmeadow, Massachusetts Uxbridge, Massachusetts Ludington, Michigan Mason, Michigan Pinconning, Michigan Traverse City, Michigan Saucier, Mississippi Bayville, New Jersey North Plainfield, New Jersey Roswell, New Mexico , New York Buffalo, New York Deposit, New York Jefferson, New York New York, New York North Tonawanda, New York Elizabeth City, North Carolina Mebane, North Carolina Hulbert, Oklahoma Cottage Grove, Oregon Mount Hood Parkdale, Oregon Salem, Oregon Allentown, Pennsylvania Brookhaven, Pennsylvania Greencastle, Pennsylvania Scranton, Pennsylvania Walnutport, Pennsylvania Warrior Run, Pennsylvania Mount Pleasant, South Carolina Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Lenoir City, Tennessee Austin, Texas Bulverde, Texas Copperas Cove, Texas Everman, Texas Hereford, Texas Houston, Texas (2 reports) Fairlawn, Virginia Lake Monticello, Virginia Newport News, Virginia Parkland, Washington Seattle, Washington Tacoma, Washington Great Cacapon, West Virginia Milwaukee, Wisconsin Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin