Common Name: common sage
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Zone: 5 to 8
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Bloom Time: June to July
Bloom Description: Blue/purple
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Suggested Use: Annual, Herb
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil, Shallow-Rocky Soil
Grow in average, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates very light shade, but best in full sun. Wet soils can be fatal.
This sage is a cultivar of the culinary sage familiar to most cooks. It is grown both for its ornamental qualities (attractive blue-gray foliage) and its culinary properties. A compact, woody-stemmed, shrubby perennial that typically grows 1-2' tall. Features whorls of two-lipped, purple-blue flowers (to 1 inch long) in short, upright spikes in late spring to early summer. Gray-green leaves (to 4" long) are wider than the species and strongly aromatic. A mint family member that is attractive to bees and butterflies.
No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to root rot in consistently moist or wet soils. Taller plants tend to sprawl and may need some support if grown as ornamentals in the border.
Mix with perennials in borders or rock gardens. Excellent in herb or vegetable gardens.