Species: S. officinalis
Sage (Salvia Officinalis L.) is a small bushy shrub belonging to the Lamiaceae family, like oregano and rosemary.
It is native to the Mediterranean area but has spread throughout the world and now grows spontaneously in many places. Sage is very hardy and easy to grow; it prefers full sunlight and calcareous soil, while it does not like rigid temperatures and long periods without water. It is an evergreen perennial that is bushy/creeping with stalks that branch out from the bottom and grow to an average height of 60 cm. It has a taproot from which thick secondary roots sprout. The leaves are oval, elongated, petiolate and grow in an opposite arrangement, they are greyish green and have hairs on the upper side. At the base of these hairs there are oil glands which produce the essential oil that gives the plant its unmistakeable aroma.The flowers are blue, white or purple, usually grouped in inflorescences, and can be seen from the end of spring.Sage leaves can be harvested and used fresh all year round, except in the coldest period; in order to preserve sage the best thing to do is harvest the tips with buds just before flowering and then dry them rapidly.As well as being used in the kitchen to add flavour to our food, sage is known to have digestive properties.
|Scientific name||Salvia officinalis|
|Recommended Seeding||In Pots|
|Number of seeds||10|
|Sowing Depth||1.00 cm|
|Distance between rows||55 cm / 80 cm|
|Distance between rows||20 cm / 35 cm|
|Average growing time||3 years / 15 years|
|Average sprouting time||16 gg / 21 gg|
|Estimated growing sqm per person||0.3|
|Ideal Sprouting Temperature (C°)||7 °c - °c|
|Min. Temperature (C°)||-10 °c|
|Can be grown in pots||yes|