A picture of a Sage

Sage

Salvia 'Devon Cream'

Full Sun
Light watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

40cm

Max

20cm

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Sage Overview

These are annuals, biennials, perennials and evergreen or semi-evergreen shrubs and sub-shrubs. Salvia is an ancient Latin name which is derived from salveo which means to save or to heal. There are about 900 species, which produce tubular shaped flowers, in many different colours. The leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods.

Common problems with Sage

How to propagate Sage

Cuttings

Propagate shrubs and sub-shrubs by softwood, semi-ripe or basal cuttings in mid-summer.

Seed

Sow seed of half hardy annuals under glass in early spring and of fully hardy species outdoors in mid-spring.

Division

You can propagate perennials by division in the spring.

Other uses of Sage

Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods. Suitable for coastal conditions.