Salvia officinalis

Sauge    Sage   Salvia   Salbei

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneoussage

Soil :Any average, well drained soil enriched with compost.

Position : Full sun.

Frost tolerant : Hardy only to about 15 degrees F, though winter protection can help. In cold winter areas, small plants can be potted up in fall and grown through winter indoors.


Helps: brassicas, rosemary, cabbage, beans, Brussels sprouts, carrots, strawberry, tomato, marjoram
any member of the allium family and common rue

honeybees, cabbage butterfly
cabbage flies, carrot fly, black flea beetle, cabbage looper, cabbage maggot, repels many bean parasites


Sow and Plant :Start with a purchased plant, or start seeds indoors in early spring. Plants started from seed may not bloom their first year.

Germination:  days

Spacing :Single Plants: 11″ (30cm) each way; Rows: 11″ (30cm) with 1′ 3″ (40cm) row gap

Feeding : Drench plants with a water soluble organic plant food one month after setting them out.

Harvesting :Gather sprigs as needed in the kitchen. Gather stems for drying from spring to fall.

Time to harvest: days

Troubleshooting :Plants are often short-lived, so root a few stem cuttings each spring to always have vigorous young plants.

Notes :One-year-old plants nursed through winter produce beautiful blue flowers. Sage grown in containers can be kept in a cold garage through winter.