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Scientific Name: Salvia officinalis
Pronunciation: SAL-vee-uh uh-fiss-ih-NAY-liss
Common Name: common sage
Family Name: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Key ID Features: Low and shrubby perennial; leaves opposite, elliptic to ovate, finely crenulate, medium to grayish-green, very rugose, distinct scent.
Course(s): HORT 1193/1293

Habit: Upright
Form: Oval - vertical
Texture: Medium - coarse
Mature Size:
Height:0.7 - 1.3m
Spread:0.6 - 1.0m
Origin: Africa, Europe
Hardiness Rating: Zone 5: (-29 to -23 C)
Exposure: Full sun, Part sun/part shade
Soil/ Growing Medium:
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Fall interest, Fragrance, Herb, Medicinal plant, Perennial border, Summer interest, Winter interest
Additional Info: Google. Cultivars shown or on campus may include S. 'Purpurascens', S. 'Tricolor' (see separate entries), and S. 'Icterina'.
common sage
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Opposite
Texture/ Venation: Pinnate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Tomentose
Colour in Fall: Green
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Oblong, Ovate
Apices: Rounded
Margins: Serrate

Inflorescence Type: Verticillaster
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:5
Corolla Shape:Bilabiate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, Blue, Purple
Flower Scent: Fragrant
Flower Time at Peak: May, Jun, Jul, Aug

Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Fruit Colour: Brown
Fruiting Time:
Additional Info: Not showy, Ovary separates into four tiny mericarps or "nutlets" that are enclosed in a persistent calyx

Bark or Stem Colour:
Propagation: Seed, Stem tip cuttings
Pest Susceptibility: Mites, ( Deer resistant, Rabbit resistant )
(GNH) GreeNHouse
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