Salvia officinalis
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Salvia officinalis

kitchen sage
garden sage

  family lamiaceae 
  genus salvia 

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Genus  Salvia Species  officinalis Variety  Cultivar  Common names  kitchen sage   garden sage Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11257 Data source  ColorNat p24;HtZn p165;MedPl p130;Frgnt p174;Frgnt p364;Xeri p286
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Clump forming Overall height  2' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Sandy Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The leaves of Salvia officinalis have a mild sweet fragrance. The leaves of Kitchen sage (also known as garden sage) as well as the stems have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. A range of possible colors can be produced by this plant including yellow ocher, lemon yellow and greenish gray. It is traditionally used to dye wool. (The mordants used for fixing the dye include: alum, chrome, copper, tin, iron.) This species can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species does well in sandy soils. It prefers moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  astringent   antiseptic   carminative   estrogenic   febrifuge   tonic Medicinal parts  Leaves Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  yes Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Salvia officinalis has numerous traditional medicinal uses. Some of its many uses are: as an astringent, as an antiseptic, as a carminative and as an estrogenic. More uses are listed in the medicinal properties section. Kitchen sage (sometimes called garden sage) is not safe for use during pregnancy. Traditional medicinal remedies are made from the leaves.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  pungent. Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Faintly sweet Dye parts  Leaves   Stems Dye color  yellow ocher,lemon yellow,greenish gray
Propagule  Division Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Salvia officinalis is typically propagated by division. Kitchen sage (in some places called garden sage) is a native plant in the natural environment.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Salvia officinalis is a perennial. Leaves: Kitchen sage (locally known in some parts as garden sage) has heart shaped leaves. Flowers: This plant has pea like flower blossoms on the tips of stems. Typically the blossoms are either blue or purple.

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