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Broadleaf Sage

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Salvia officinalis

Overview

Uses: Herb: can be used fresh or dried. May also be used for landscaping and as an indoor or outdoor potted plant. 

Benefits: Attracts pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Has beautiful leaves and flowers.

Zones: 4-9

Sun: Full to Partial (suggest at least 6 hours of sun daily)

Life Cycle: Perennial

Mature Height: 30"

Mature Width: 24"

Bloom Season: Early Summer to Summer

Summary

Broadleaf Sage is known for its broad greenish-silver leaves, beautiful light purple flowers, and of courseits versatile and delicious use as an herb! 

In addition to its use as a perennial when grown in appropriate zones, Broadleaf Sage is also quite popular as a potted plant. In such a situation, it's one of the best herbs for growing indoors and on your patio. 

Care

Broadleaf Sage Plant Care

Provide at least 6 hours of full sun daily. 

Water regularly after planting or repotting, keeping soil moist but not wet until the plant is established. 

Established sage does best with the minimal amount of water and fertilizer required to keep it alive. Over watered and over fertilized sage seems to not have a taste as delicious as it should.

Best planted when soil and air temperatures are not falling below 50°F. Does best when temperatures are between 60°F and 85°F.

Sage is best harvested prior to flowering. 

Does well as a companion plant to tomato, thyme, and daylily, rosemary, brassicas, carrots, and strawberries.

Planting with tomatoes will repel many pests and attract beneficial insects to your tomato plants.

Avoid growing with cucumbers.

Size

Size of Broadleaf Sage That You Ship

Our Live Broadleaf Sage Plants will ship in a 4" grow pot. 

Size of Broadleaf Sage When Fully Grown

Broadleaf Sage typically grows to a size of around 24" tall and 24" wide. Its size may grow as large as 36" tall and 36" wide. 

Additional Information

Common Names of Salvia officinalis

  • Broadleaf Sage

  • Common Sage

  • Garden Sage

  • Kitchen Sage

Toxicity and Risks of Sage

Sage is not considered to be toxic; however, it does contain a chemical called thujone that can be toxic in large doses. 

It is very unlikely that anyone would consume enough Sage leaf to be concerned about the threat of thujone poisoning. One must be careful; however, not to drink too much sage tea or sage oil, as these sources often concentrate the chemical. As such, we suggest drinking no more than 2 cups of sage tea a day, and not eating or drinking any sage oil.