A common Mediterranean culinary herb which adds depth and flavor to tomato and egg dishes, breads, and a variety of meats.
Aside from its culinary uses, the leaves of this plant have been classically used as a tea to remedy inflammation of the mouth, gums, tongue, throat, and tonsils. It is also a traditional wound healer like yarrow (achillea millefolium). The oil is known to have antibacterial properties and thus the plant can be used natural preservatives for meats, poultry, and fish. Distilled sage extracts have been made into antioxidants which increase the shelf life of certain processed foods.
Growth Form/Defining Characteristics: 1-3 ‘ tall 1-2.5’ wide
Light: Full sun, give afternoon shade in hot climates
Water: Moderate, low once established
Soil: Well drained Rich loam, standard potting soil
Hardiness (Sunset And/or USDA Zones): Sunset zones 2-24, USDA Zones 6-11
Type: : Perennial, can be grown as an annual in colder climates
Delay pruning until leaves begin to unfurl , then cut just above fresh growth.