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PlantFiles: Common Sage, Garden Sage
Salvia officinalis

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: officinalis (oh-fiss-ih-NAH-liss) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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9 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive napdognewfie 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.

Positive kitty_mom 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.

Positive 1botanist On Oct 15, 2007, 1botanist from Scranton, PA wrote:

Sage is easily propagated during the mid-summer. I now have many new shoots that are taking great. Sage is also wonderful in the kitchen, especially stuffing.

I love sage so much, I named my dog after it.

Positive WUVIE On Mar 25, 2007, WUVIE from Hulbert, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Sage is always welcome in my garden.

I was a bit worried about it over winter, as we had some pretty severe ice storms.
Thankfully, it not only made it through the rough weather,
but is now bounding back, bursting with new foliage.

I'll be planting more sage this year. What a pleasant plant!

Positive greenkat On Oct 27, 2006, greenkat from Crofton, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Fairly easy to grow from seed. It may do better in full sun but I have had success growing sage in partial shade.

Positive girlndocs On Mar 2, 2006, girlndocs from Tacoma, WA wrote:

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.

Positive melody On May 4, 2004, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Sage is a wonderful,versitile plant. The blooms are beautiful and attractive to bees and insects. It can be used for flavoring cooked food and cheese.

It grows well in West KY and I wouldn't be without at least one plant.

Positive chris1926 On Oct 12, 2002, chris1926 wrote:

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.

Positive MikeandSusan On May 31, 2002, MikeandSusan wrote:

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.

Neutral Baa On Oct 17, 2001, Baa wrote:

A woody perennial from North Africa and Southern Europe.

Has scented, dull green, downey, slightly wrinkled, ovate leaves. Bears light blue, hooded flowers.

Flowers June-August

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 (2 reports)
Cape Coral, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Kissimmee, Florida
Rockledge, Florida
Dacula, Georgia
Waverly, Georgia
Honomu, Hawaii
Athens, Illinois
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Chicago, Illinois
Morris, Illinois
Washington, Illinois
Western Springs, Illinois
Chesterton, Indiana
Rising Sun, Indiana
Kansas City, Kansas
Saint Marys, Kansas
Benton, Kentucky
Brodhead, Kentucky
Ewing, Kentucky
Kingfield, Maine
Crofton, Maryland
Cumberland, Maryland
East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Constantine, Michigan
Garden City, Michigan
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Mason, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Grand Portage, Minnesota
Saucier, Mississippi
Bayville, New Jersey
Plainfield, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Brooklyn, New York
Buffalo, New York
Deposit, New York
Jefferson, New York
New York City, 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
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
Greencastle, Pennsylvania
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Walnutport, Pennsylvania
Watsontown, Pennsylvania
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Lenoir City, Tennessee
Thompsons Station, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
Copperas Cove, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Hereford, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Huntsville, Texas
Roy, Utah
Newport News, Virginia
Palmyra, Virginia
Radford, Virginia
Freeland, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Tacoma, Washington (2 reports)
Great Cacapon, West Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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