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Medicinal sage, tips on how to grow and care for it

Medicinal sage

Medicinal sage or Salvia officinalis is a fabulous herb with a very specific flavor.

Key Medicinal Sage facts

NameSalvia officinalis
Family – Lamiaceae
Type – herbs and spices

Height – 20 to 24 inches (50 to 60 cm)
Exposure – full sun

Soil: rich and well drained  –  Harvest: all year round

Caring for it is easy and these few tips will help you increase the growth of your sage.

Sowing and planting medicinal sage

medicinal sage plantingIt is best to plant in spring, but you’ll also be able to plant after spring if you avoid days of very dry weather.

Just like sage, it loves well-exposed emplacements.

  • Propagation from cuttings all summer long.

Harvesting medicinal sage

It is possible to collect the sage anytime during the year.

The first year, wait for the sage to form a nice little bush before harvesting leaves so that it has enough time to grow a bit first.

Trimming and caring for medicinal sage

Cut back at the end of summer in order to promote growth of new shoots before winter, or at the end of winter to avoid having it grow too much and let it keep a tight bearing.

In both cases, you can cut all the way back to about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) from the base of the plant itself.

Pests and diseases

You’ll find almost nothing that dares attack this plant!

Quite the opposite. Sage repels pests like the cabbage white butterfly and many more.

Comments on medicinal sage

Medicinal sage - Salvia officinalisThe word “sage” comes directly from the root word “salvia” which means “saving”, because its many health benefits have been known for centuries.

Medicinal sage is a digestive aid, and stimulates the body, so ingesting it will bring your body even more benefits.

Since it is an evergreen plant, its ornamental value lasts all year. The multiplicity of available varieties offer a wide range of leaf colors, which makes it a very ornamental plant.

Smart tip about medicinal sage

Widely encountered in the Mediterranean hinterland, sage doesn’t need much water to grow, quite the opposite.

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