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Salvia, Culinary Sage, Garden Sage 'Berggarten'

Salvia officinalis

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


Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer





Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Pikesville, Maryland

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.