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PlantFiles: Common Sage, Garden Sage
Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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

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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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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4 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive saya On Jun 8, 2009, saya from Heerlen
Netherlands (Zone 8b) wrote:

Salvia 'Berggarten' is a German cultivar. It is one of the hardiest because it withstands frosts very well. It is a low growing and mound forming plant that grows quick. Also one of the few salvia that shoots up from the ground. It will flower rarely. In good seasons its leaves can grow big as nearly the size of my (small woman's) hand. For culinary use..dip the leaf in olive oil and put it very short in the oven or on the grill and use it crunched for seasoning your salad or on other dishes.

Positive anelson77 On May 13, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:

I have this in full sun, in between some lavenders. The silver foliage is lush and healthy looking all year, and the plant has steadily spread while maintaining a dense, compact form.

Positive spidra On Apr 8, 2007, spidra from Berkeley, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Nice-looking, provides color and texture contrast. I've only used it in cooking once or twice. Doesn't taste quite as good as your usual kitchen sage, but it'll do.

Vigorous without being invasive, at least in my environment.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 8, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Thrives in fertile, well-drained locations. Use leaves fresh, or dry and keep in an airtight container. Flowers are lavender-purple. Great bedding or container plant.

Positive Wingnut On May 25, 2002, Wingnut from Spicewood, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Great plant for filling in the herb garden. It spills over the edges of the flowerbeds nicely, but doesn't get lanky or flop like other sages. Nice in Thanksgiving dressing.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Berkeley, California
Merced, California
Redwood City, California
Richmond, California
Santa Ana, California
Ukiah, California
Vista, California
Deland, Florida
Emmett, Idaho
White Pigeon, Michigan
Plainfield, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Gold Hill, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Summerville, Oregon
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Fate, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Layton, Utah
Palmyra, Virginia
Wytheville, Virginia
Colville, Washington
Seattle, Washington
Great Cacapon, West Virginia

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