Sage - (Salvia officinalis)

Sweet Flag Herb

This perennial herb, also known as edible sage or garden sage, has a strong and distinct flavor. The word sage comes from the Latin "salvare" which translates as "to heal".

The leaves are oval and grayish green and the flowers are blue or purple and grow in whorls. Sage can grow up to 30 inches high and 24 inches wide.

Sage is very easy to grow from cuttings or seeds. Grow the herb in a sunny location in rich, well-drained soil in a sunny location. Sow 1-2 weeks before last spring frost with about 25 inches betwen plants. The plant matures in about 75 days. Harvest the leaves before the plant bloom.

There are many ways to enjoy sage. Add some dried sage leaves to vegetables like tomatoes, dried beans, onions and eggplant.

Part used: Leaves, stems and flowers.

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