Sage – Common
Salvia officinalis 'Common'

Zone: 5 - 8
Height: 12 - 30"

General: Densely mounded, dark grey-green, leafy perennial herb with thick, rough-textured, very fragrant foliage and spikes of blue flowers in summer. Popular variety, a seasoning in stuffing and sausages.

Culinary Uses: Leaves can be used fresh or dried. The herb is commonly found in stuffing, gravy, casseroles, pasta, and stews. The flowers can be used as a garnish in fresh salads. They can even be used to make an interesting sage herb flower pesto.

Medicinal Uses: Sage provides vitamin A and beta-carotene, along with phytochemicals that are said to have anti-cancer properties. The herb contains flavonoids and phenolic acids with antioxidants properties. It has been said to help memory enhancement, reduce inflammation, treat snakebites, increase female fertility, treating menstrual pain, managing digestive issues, and treating depression.

Ornamental Uses: These plants are prized for their aromatic, soft, woolly leaves and flower spikes that draw pollinators. The flowers are light purple and edible and the leaves are silvery green and covered in soft, white hairs.

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