Past Plants of the Day forum: Salvia of the Day: Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis)

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Apr 26, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Today's plant of the day for Salvias is Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis).

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis) .

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Culinary Sage (Salvia officinalis)
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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 26, 2016 6:07 PM CST
Sage is a treasure in the garden. I harvest mine on a continual basis and except for the very coldest months, it doesn't disappoint. I just gave it a spring haircut and know it will reward me over and over.

The marker for my sage cannot be buried by critters or feet and won't fade or wear out!
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Name: Judy
NW MO (Zone 6a)
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jg0613
Apr 26, 2016 6:50 PM CST
@pirl
Nice picture. What a great idea for a marker! I tip my hat to you.
Name: Arlene
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pirl
Apr 26, 2016 6:57 PM CST
The brick is from the Sage brick making family out here from many years ago.
Name: Elena
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bxncbx
Apr 26, 2016 8:38 PM CST
Sage is my all-time favorite herb. I especially love it with poultry. It seems that a lot of people aren't familiar with sage so I give away lots of plants and seeds. I just love that it isn't bothered by insects or diseases. I have mine in a large pot and it overwinters just fine. If you haven't tried growing sage you definitely should!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Apr 26, 2016 8:47 PM CST
It's good with chicken, Saltimbocca, and equally good with pork and stuffing.
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Apr 26, 2016 10:02 PM CST
jg0613 said:@pirl
Nice picture. What a great idea for a marker! I tip my hat to you.


I agree. Perfect plant marker!

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Apr 26, 2016 10:04 PM CST
@bxncbx Elena

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias forum and happy you're here!
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Apr 26, 2016 10:14 PM CST
Many years ago I grew it for the flowers for one year. Maybe I'll grow it again.
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 26, 2016 11:06 PM CST
I love this and all it's cultivars and have used them all for cooking and if I'm using the oven I just throw some in for the aroma. In the garden here it overwinters and can become fairly large. This one is gone now but several seedlings sprouted where it was removed. I too love that it is pest free. We get occasional chew marks but very very few.
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Name: Judy
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jg0613
Apr 26, 2016 11:38 PM CST
Leslieray your pic is beautiful. I didn't know much about this one except for its culinary value. It is quite a beautiful plant as well!
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crittergarden
Apr 27, 2016 1:37 PM CST
I started seeds from Seed Savers' Exchange in 2004. My original plant is almost 4' tall now and quite full. It is a prolific self seeder, so I've also been able to share it with several friends.

The flowers are prettier than I expected and it's EVERGREEN!

I cook with it and it's also approved for House Rabbit snacks and mine love it!

SHOW ME YOUR CRITTERS! I have a critter page over at Cubits. http://cubits.org/crittergarden/thread/view/73275/
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 27, 2016 2:32 PM CST
Thanks Judy. We grow them for their ornamental value. They are very beautiful and floriferous. Evergreen here too and that's a big plus. I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Taqiyyah
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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lovesblooms
Apr 27, 2016 2:44 PM CST
I don't think that alert thing for the plant of the day is working today--didn't get one.

I have two third-year sage,one regular and one Berggarten. They remained evergreen. The regular one smells nice, but the Berggarten makes my mouth water whenever I rub a leaf.

They both are doing fine in the dusty, usually dry and rather heavily shaded beds I use only for herbs, made from topsoil poured into the two halves of an old ladder. I intend to try mulch for them at some point this spring, unlike previous years. But everything is doing just fine, including the sages. The regular one has buds. I'm wondering if I should cut them off to maintain leaf flavor, but this is its firs blooming year, so I'll probably leave them.

The Berggarten is growing slower than the regular, but it's perfectly healthy. I never pay either sage any mind except to rub a leaf every so often. The only reason either bed gets water is if I don't want some marigold or calendula seedlings to die in spring, and they benefit from the runoff then. Otherwise, they're all at the mercy of the elements, other than the shelter of the thick tree branches that shade them/keep them dry.
Name: Taqiyyah
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lovesblooms
Apr 27, 2016 2:47 PM CST
Nevermind, I never added these two to my plant list! Rectified that just now.
Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 27, 2016 3:28 PM CST
They have the same effect on me. They always make me hungry! I think the harder they are grown, the more intense the flavor.
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hampartsum
Apr 27, 2016 4:50 PM CST
Hi, my culinary salvias are ocasionaly for that purpose but in general they are structural border shrubs for their reliable ornamental value. Some of the older shrubs are about 4 ft high. These may have trunks that are at 3" thick. They are evergreen, grey green slightly hairy leaves, and can be severely pruned, almost copiced and will come back vigorously. Mine have been producing plenty seedling volunteers which I'm planning to replant in my future wild prarie garden this fall/spring. They produce masses of blue flowers in summer just before lavender with which combines very well. Both seem to have the same soil and humidity requirements. With our typical very dry rainless summers they simply thrive. Ideally they profit from fall pruning (, which doesn't always occur... Sighing! ). They put up their show generously with almost no care at all. They withstand frost , however only once I lost the summer bloom with a very late severe frost exactly Christmas day ( already summer in the S.hemisphere)., but the leaves or plants were unharmed. Some of my bushes are about 27 years old and they seem to keep going on.
Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Apr 27, 2016 7:59 PM CST
This sage is in my herb bed because it gets a lot of use . I use it in tea , sausage gravy and dressing the most.
Evergreen and perennial here in zone 5 , the color is nice in dried herbal wreaths .
I dry a lot and rub it in a mortar and pestle for winter storage.
When it gets the chance to flower the bees seen to love it as much as I do Smiling



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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Apr 27, 2016 9:05 PM CST
HamiltonSquare said:I love this and all it's cultivars and have used them all for cooking and if I'm using the oven I just throw some in for the aroma. In the garden here it overwinters and can become fairly large. This one is gone now but several seedlings sprouted where it was removed. I too love that it is pest free. We get occasional chew marks but very very few.


Beautiful plant and good to know.
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
Laughter is the best medicine!
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Marilyn
Apr 27, 2016 9:14 PM CST
crittergarden said:it's also approved for House Rabbit snacks and mine love it!


When we had our two bunnies, I didn't know they could have it.

We gave them curly parsley. They loved the homegrown organic parsley I grew.
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

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