Common sage

Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Common sage (Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten')
SAL-vee-ah oh-fi-shi-NAH-lis
Genus:  Salvia
Cooks and gardeners alike are indebted to this evergreen perennial for the unique, pungent flavor and aroma that its gray-green leaves produce.  S. 'Berggarten' is more compact than the species, forming a 2-foot tall by 3-foot wide bush with woody stems that may be trimmed back to newly emerging growth or strong stems in spring. In early to mid-summer, it sends up purple flower spikes. It boasts attractively rounded leaves and, like the species, has both ornamental and culinary qualities in an herb garden. It tolerates alkaline soils, but not wet winter conditions.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Butterflies love salvias.
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun. This species tolerates alkaline soil. 
Propagation:  Sow seed, or divide plants, in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Foliage Color
Evergreen
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Herb Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant,
Frost Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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