Plants for Water Wise Pollinator Gardens: Culinary sage (Salvia officinalis)

Water Conservation for Lawn and Landscape November 14, 2013 Print Friendly and PDF
  Bee visiting sage flower
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Garden sage in bloom
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Plant Family

Mint Family (Lamiaceae/ Labatieae)


Common Names

Culinary sage
Garden sage
Common sage
Kitchen sage
True sage
Dalmatian sage 
Broadleaf sage


Garden sage is a short-lived evergreen perennial woody sub-shrub native to the Mediterranean region.

Sage can grow up to 3 feet tall and wide depending on cultivar. Grayish green leaves and spikes of white, pink, or purple flowers in summer make this an attractive garden plant.

Many cultivars are available; some with colored or variegated leaves. Sage leaves and flowers are used for cooking and for medicinal purposes.

Sage contains compounds that can potentially be dangerous when consumed in large amounts Please use with caution.

Sage is adapted to USDA Hardiness Zones 3 through 9 and does best on well drained dry soils in full sun.




Additional Resources:

                USDA Plants Database       


                Washington - Using Garden Sage Wisely    

                Illinois - Some Sage Advice