Sage Varieties: Growing Tips and Recipes

| August/September 2010

  • Click on the IMAGE GALLERY for even more lovely photos of sage.
    Photo by Rob Cardillo
  • From right to left, clockwise: 'Purpurea', 'Nana', 'Icterina', 'Tricolor', 'Nana', 'Berggarten'.
    Photo by Rob Cardillo
  • Click on the IMAGE GALLERY for even more lovely photos of sage.
    Photo David Cavagnaro
  • Common garden sage
    Photo Susan A. Roth

Sage-Infused Recipes

• Toasted Brie and Sage Sandwich
• Salmon with Lemon and Sage
• Oyster Mushroom Sauté with Sage
• Carrots in Sage and Rosemary Broth 
• Online Exclusive Recipe: 
Pasta with Cream, Ham, Mushrooms and Sage 

• Check out our Culinary Sage Chart, which organizes our sage cultivars by color, unusual qualities and zone.

The genus Salvia contains a staggering range of species suitable for every garden use under the sun—and in the shade. But for cooking, none can rival common garden sage (Salvia officinalis) and its cultivars. Sage has long been valued for its contributions to the cook’s palette of flavors. Its robust piney aroma and earthy flavor complement many ingredients. Sage is also an attractive garden plant, particularly in its fancy-leaved forms. Plus, it prospers under a wide range of conditions and adds a striking bold texture to mixed plantings. 

Growing Info For Sage

• Light: Full sun
• Height: 18 to 24 inches
• Width: 24 to 36 inches
• Bloom time: Late spring, although valued most for its evergreen foliage.
• Soil: Well-drained, tolerant of a wide range of soil types.

9/12/2020 1:29:46 PM

The flavor of sage that i enjoy is difficult to search for. It seems to be a verity grown in Mexico. California and Texas. McCormick brand has the flavor I like. But at times I have gotten a sage grown in Turkey and Croatia that is harsh tasting, unpleasant. Are these sages different verities of the sage plant? How can I avoid getting the harsh tasting sage for cooking?

2/1/2016 2:49:10 PM

I planted a sage bush last year, late spring early summer and after the fall it died back and has not come back up. Does this plant possibly have root rot? Will it come back up or will I need to replace.

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