Common Sage Plant Info

Common Sage is a perennial, evergreen herb that belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae. It has woody stems, greyish-green leaves, and blue-to-purplish flowers. It’s native to the Mediterranean region but has been naturalized in many parts of the world. The plant is highly fragrant with plenty of medicinal, culinary, and ornamental uses. 

Salvia officinalis
Common sage
Garden sage
Golden sage
Kitchen sage
True sage
Culinary sage
Dalmatian sage
Broadleaf sage
Mainly blue-to-purplish flowers, but some plants do produce white or pink flowers


The plant needs moderate watering during the growing season, but less in winter. Balance is key because it doesn't like wet feet or drought. The best approach is to water deeply when the soil feels dry to the touch.


Provide the herb with at least 6 hours of direct sun for vibrant growth and flowering. It can tolerate some shade but can become leggy and less aromatic.


Common sage grows in various types of soils but prefers sandy or loamy soil with good drainage. It can tolerate acidic, alkaline, or neutral pH.


Common sage is not a heavy feeder and does tolerate poor soils. But a light application of fertilizer or compost in spring can be beneficial for its development and health.


Prune lightly after the plant has flowered to maintain its shape and prevent woody growth. You can also trim back in late winter or early spring to encourage new growth.


Sow the seeds in spring or autumn in a well-drained soil mix. Take the cuttings from softwood or semi-hardwood stems in spring or summer and root in a moist medium. You can divide the plant in spring or autumn by digging up the clump and separating the roots into smaller pieces.

Thrives in

Indoor and Outdoor


The plant is generally safe for humans and animals when used in small amounts as a spice or medicine.

Pests & Diseases

The plant is generally pest-free but may be attacked by sage leafhoppers, capsid bugs, or slugs

Landscaping Ideas

Ground cover
Rock garden
Herb garden
Kitchen garden

Last Updated: August 16, 2023

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