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Sage Sage

Sage is part of the Salvia group of plants. There are over 900 varieties of Salvias, and include annuals, perennials and biennials. The name Salvia is derived from the Latin ‘salveo’ meaning to save or heal, as the sage is considered a great medicinal or healing herb.

The common Sage is a classic culinary herb. It is ornamental, aromatic and great for flavouring dishes. As with many of the classic culinary herbs it is native to the Mediterranean region, but is now grown across much of the West.

Growing Sage

Common Sage is a hardy sub shrub, and grows to a maximum of 60cm high with a spread of about 50cm. They need to be grown in full sun, but are not fussy on soil types.

Protect young plants from frost in winter, and cover if the weather is particularly cold as the frost will damage the evergreen leaves.

Take cuttings in late spring and they should root easily in about 4 weeks. It is worth replacing plants every 4 years or so, as they become leggy and woody after this.

Sage Varieties                                                                              

There are purple varieties, yellow varieties, Apple Sage or even a citrusy tangerine Sage. Sage is quite an ornamental plant so select varieties that fit in with your garden theme (or allotment herb bed!) and if you have space grow a few different varieties. Purple Sage is an excellent all-rounder.


Propagate Sage from semi-ripe cuttings.

Using Sage

Essential to a good stuffing, and an all-round great culinary herb. Frequently used in herbal medicine.

Phyl @ The Allotment Gardener

Lifelong gardener and allotment enthusiast. Now have 3 allotments!


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