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Salvia Officinalis or Garden Sage is an evergreen shrub




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– Salvia Officinalis which is also known as Garden Sage or Common sage is an evergreen shrub.
– It is a perennial that is small and belongs to the family of Lamiaceae.
– It can grow up to a height of 2 ft (0.61 m) and of about same width.
– It has stems that are woody and leaves that are grey in color and bears flowers that are blue to purple in color.
– It is a native to the Mediterranean region.
– It has culinary and medicinal uses and is used as a border and an ornamental plant.
– It has lots of healing properties and hence termed as “official” which means the traditional storeroom of storing herbs.
– The leaves are oblong and variegated and 2.5 in (6.4 cm) long by 1 in (2.5 cm) wide.
– They are rugose on upper side and hairy and white beneath.
– The flowers are about 2 ft (0.61 m) tall and wide and bloom from late spring to summer.
– It is also known by the names Sage, Common sage, Garden sage, Kitchen sage, True sage, culinary sage, Dalmatian sage and broadleaf sage.

Uses of Salvia Officinalis

– This herb is used for treating snakebites, fertility, diuretic, as a local anesthetic, a styptic, anhydrite, antibiotic, anti-fungal, astringent, antispasmodic, estrogenic, hypoglycemic and as a tonic.
– It’s essential oil is also used and is used for stuffing, flavoring and in Italian cooking.

Growing conditions of Salvia officinalis

• After the frost is gone, plant the Mexican sage.
• The root ball is large enough, so choose a container to sustain the plant through out the winter.
• The plant can be propagated by taking a cutting.
• It grows well in zones 7 through 11.
• The plant needs full sunlight during the day.
• The plant will grow tall and scrawny in shade as it will try to reach for sunlight.
• Plant at least 2 to 3 feet away apart from other plants.
• A hole can be dug 3 inches deep and fill in the dirt around the plant.
• Water the soil for first month and let it not dry out.
• Water the plant once a week later.
• Prune if the plant is too large.

Care for Salvia Officinalis

• The temperature should not be very cool as the roots can be damaged.
• The temperature that this plant can tolerate is as low as 25 degrees.
• The plant needs well drained soil and full sunlight.
• Water the plant twice a week or once a week depending on the conditions.
• Add compost to the soil when planting.
• During weather being dry, keep the roots moist.
• Spread mulch around the plant to retain moisture and also to reduce weeds.
• Fertilize the plant with layer of compost around the base of the plant.
• Add all purpose plant food as budding starts.
• Prune in spring to encourage growth.
• If the plant reaches two feet, cut the top third of the stem.





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