Salvia Officinalis cv. ‘Sage of Bath’. Hardy Perennial. Full Sun. Height 18” – 30”.
Another of many hybrids of Common (or Garden) sage crossed with S. Officinalis. Common sage is native to northern and central Spain and southern France, but is widely cultivated and naturalized in southern and south-central Europe. A semi shrub-like plant with erect stems covered with narrow lobed leaves, white- hairy beneath, greenish above. The blossoms are clusters of pale violet and pink flowers.
In the Garden
Also known as common sage, it grows best in moist, but well-drained soil. Sages won’t do well in wet spots. To encourage busy growth, prune frequently. Sages also do well in contained areas, particularly rocky areas, keeping the roots cool and dry. Plant sage where you can enjoy its fragrance and subtle flowers: at the front of a border or near a walkway. A favorite of owner Mary Dunford, it is one of the hardiest of Sages, it can handle the South Texas heat and humidity. Some sages prefer less humidity. Will bloom through May and April, be sure to trim back the flower at the end of blooming season to encourage new growth for the Summer.
An aromatic herb perfect for culinary use in soups, fish, poultry, meat and vegetable dishes. Excellent with poultry, Sage is particularly popular in seasoning many savory Thanksgiving dishes. Sages are also known for medicinal uses.