Salvia officinalis

Sage, Common Sage

Salvia officinalis, or common sage, boasts aromatic, grey-green leaves and incredible versatility. Flourishing in well-drained soil and full sun, it reaches up to 1 metre in height and has a wide range of culinary and horticultural uses. Surely one of the most cherished herbs in both gardens and kitchens.

Origin: Mediterranean region
Genus: Salvia
Species / Cultivar: officinalis
Common Name: Sage, Common Sage

Plant Biography

Salvia officinalis, commonly known as common sage, has a rich botanical history that can be traced back to many ancient civilisations. Revered for its medicinal properties and culinary uses, it has been cultivated for centuries.

Originating in the Mediterranean region, sage was esteemed by the Greeks and Romans for its therapeutic qualities and became a staple herb in folklore and traditional medicine, establishing its enduring legacy in herbalism and gastronomy.

Salvia officinalis
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Fast
Expect to see prolific growth, especially during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Habit: Evergreen
Always in leaf throughout the year. It won't lose all its leaves at any one time.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Salvia officinalis, commonly known as common sage, is a low-growing , evergreen shrub that prefers well-drained soil and thrives in full sunlight. It requires minimal watering once established and benefits from occasional pruning to maintain shape, usually in early spring.

Reaching a height of around 1 metre with a similar spread, this herb works well in gardens or containers. Known for its culinary contributions, sage adds a delightful, earthy flavour to dishes, making it a must-have for culinary enthusiasts and gardeners seeking an aromatic and functional herb.

1 customer review for Salvia officinalis

a very nice sized plant. well packaged. arrived moist.

frances M.