Sage's flavor is bold and assertive, and considered very valuable as a digestive aid to high-fat foods, such as pork, wild game, and cheese. Often paired with stuffing, it also livens up vegetables, potatoes, soups, and stews. This drought-tolerant plant also has edible, purple-blue flowers that attract pollinators, and the gray-green foliage provides an excellent contrast in the garden or containers.
Botanical Name: Salvia officinalis
Native: Southeastern Europe
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 4–8
Plant Dimensions: 18″–36″ tall and wide
Variety Information: Grey-green foliage with pebbly texture on a semi-woody shrub. Purple-blue edible flowers bloom in whorls on spikes above the foliage.
Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Deer Resistant, Good for Containers
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date, when soil temperature is at least 50°F.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 7–21 days
Seed Depth: ¼”
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″–18″
Row Spacing: 18″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″–18″
Harvesting: You may start harvesting leaves when plants are at least 6″ tall. When plants are about 12″ tall, stems can be cut just as flowers are opening to be dried.
This packet sows up to 16 feet. 25 seeds.