Common sage (Salvia officinalis)
Common sage (Salvia officinalis) is an herb that can grow 50cm – 1.5m tall and 50cm – 1.5m wide. In this growing guide we’ll learn the cultivation details and how to plant Common sage (Salvia officinalis).
This plant has several common names including: common sage, common garden sage, sage or sauge.
This is a evergreen plant that takes 2-5 years to reach full maturity.
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Common name: common sage, common garden sage, sage, sauge
Scientific name: Salvia officinalis
Plant type: Herbs, Perennials
Height: 50cm – 1.5m
Spread: 50cm – 1.5m
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial shade
Soil: Clay, Loam
Moisture: Moist but well drained
Garden type: City & Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Informal Garden, Patio & Container Garden
Planting type: Flower borders and bedding, Wall-side Borders
Other characteristics: Plants for pollinators
How to plant
In this section we will learn how to plant Common sage (Salvia officinalis), know its needs in terms of soil, watering and sun exposure.
Common sage (Salvia officinalis) is a plant that prefers to grow in clay or loam.
Clay soil is composed of more than 25 percent clay particles. These particles have a high moisture holding capacity and the soil is heavy to dig and can be waterlogged in winter (dry in summer).
The loam soil is dark, rich in organic matter but balanced in minerals. It offers the best of all worlds, retaining enough water for the plants, but allowing excess moisture to drain away. This is the most desired type of garden soil, perfect for most plants.
It is not very sensitive to soil acidity or alkalinity and grows well in soils with pH acid, alkaline or neutral.
Regarding drainage, Salvia officinalis likes to grow in moist but well drained soil.
Common sage (Salvia officinalis) is a plant that should be grown in full sun or partial shade positions.