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Culinary Sage

Culinary Sage

The plant known as Common Sage, Garden Sage or Culinary Sage has been used in medicine and cooking for millennia. It is an indispensable herb in the kitchen; notably in Italian, Balkan and Middle Eastern cookery. British and American cooks favor its flavor as well, in meat, cheese and vegetable dishes.

Outside the European culture, other Salvias have been used in cooking across the world's temperate zones. Many of these are fine garden plants for their other qualities as well.

Listed here you will find those Sages that are used in cooking. Be sure to visit our Everything Salvias Blog, where we often write in detail about these plants.

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  • Salvia dorisiana

    (Fruit Scented Sage)  This plant has it all -- big, light-green leaves that are fuzzy soft and large magenta-pink flowers that smell intoxicating and bloom from winter into spring. Fruit Scented Sage is one of the strongest and most deliciously scented plants we have encountered.

    $7.50
     

  • Salvia elegans

    (Pineapple Sage) An indispensable fall-blooming addition to the garden, this tender perennial is, perhaps, the best of all hummingbird plants. When in bloom, it is covered in 3-inch-long red flowers.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious'

    (Golden Pineapple Sage) The bright crimson flowers of this extremely fragrant sage are attractive to both humans and pollinators. However, it is the glowing golden foliage that most distinguishes this cultivar from other varieties of Pineapple Sage.
    $6.50
     

  • Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon'

    (Honey Melon Pineapple Sage) This is a short Pineapple Sage that is long blooming. It is the earliest and longest flowering of all the many varieties of Salvia elegans. We recommend it for indoor herb gardening as well as for outdoor borders and groundcovers.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia elegans 'Tangerine'

    (Tangerine Pineapple Sage) This citrus-scented cultivar is our smallest variety of Pineapple Sage. Worth growing just for the exotic scent of its leaves, this culinary sage is also one of the longest blooming plants in its species.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia fruticosa

    (Greek Sage) Most of the dried culinary sage sold in the United States is Greek Sage. Frescoes on the island of Crete dated to 1400 BC depict this plant, which was used by the Phoenicians and Greeks for cooking and medicine. It is an ancient and beloved friend of mankind.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia hierosolymitana

    (Jerusalem Sage) This lovely herbaceous perennial is native to Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, and the West Bank. Its clear pink flowers change at times to a pink highlighted with violet lines and dots. Prominent glandular hairs on the buds, bracts and floral stems exude a fragrance that is delightful on a warm day.

    $7.50
     

  • Salvia indica

    (Two-lip Spotted Sage) Shaped like an open parrot's beak, the upper lip of this petite yet dramatic sage is lilac while the lower lip is dark violet and white with spots. The whorled flower spikes rise up from clumps of large, oval, grassy green leaves with scalloped edges.

    $7.50
     

  • Salvia interrupta

    (Atlas Mountain Sage) Tawny looking from a distance, the Atlas Mountains of northern Africa are home to an abundance of greenery, including the lovelySalvia interrupta. So the mountains contrast sharply with the Sahara Desert, which they border.

    $8.00
     

  • Salvia lanceolata

    (Rusty Sage)  Named for its leaves shaped like the tips of lances, this nearly care-free, evergreen sage from South Africa has enchanting rusty rose flowers that bloom from fall (spring in its native land) into winter.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Berggarten'

    (Mountain Culinary Sage) Elliptical, silvery green leaves covered with downy hairs make this one of the prettiest types of Salvia officinalis. Berggarten is a German variety widely grown for its culinary value and attractive, tightly mounded form.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Extrakta'

    (Potent Culinary Sage) Flavorful and fragrant, Extrakta is a modern European Culinary Sage known for its pungent essential oil. About a foot taller than most species of Salvia officinalis, it has long, narrow, spear-shaped leaves that are deep green.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Golden Elk'

    (Golden Elk Culinary Sage) Golden Elk is our most unusual variegated sage. It is a handsome, mild, culinary variety that grows well in containers in partial shade. However, the more light it receives, the deeper the contrast between its deep green, golden green and cream variegations, which are irregular and only semi-stable.  We have grown this variety - a sport of Icterina - for years now and think very highly of its unusual &  beautiful foliege.

    $8.00
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Icterina'

    (Variegated Golden Sage) Icterina is our favorite variegated sage. It is a handsome, mild, culinary variety that grows well in containers in partial shade. However, the more light it receives, the deeper the contrast between its deep green, golden green and cream variegations.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Jefferson'

    (Oregon Culinary Sage) Flavorful and fragrant, Jefferson is a older variety of European Culinary Sage known for its pungent essential oil. About a foot taller than most species of Salvia officinalis, it has long, narrow, spear-shaped leaves that are mid green, and soft pink flowers.  This variety is originally from Dalmatia, and was brought into the Willamette Valley of Oregon in the 1930s, where it was grown on a large scale for seasoning and essential oil. This qualifies as an Heirloom sage.

    $7.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea'

    (Purple Leaf Sage) Dusky purple leaves make this sage stand out in the garden and kitchen. It is known botanically both as Salvia officinalis 'Purpurea' and Salvia officinalis 'Purpurascens'.
    $7.50
     

  • Salvia officinalis 'Tricolor'

    (Tricolor Culinary Sage) A bit sweeter than most cooking sages, Tricolor is also a visual confection in the garden. Its variegated leaves combine bright pink, medium green and creamy white. The foliage forms a tight, compact mound.

    $7.50
     

  • Salvia sclarea

    (Clary or Clear Eye Sage or Eyebright) Pink-purple bracts and violet-purple flowers form a pastel cloud over the large, rumpled leaves of Clary Sage in summer. It is a towering beauty growing up to 5 feet tall. Sacred to some due to age-old use in herbal remedies, it is heavenly to look at.

    $6.00
     

  • Salvia sclarea 'Alba'

    (White Clary Sage) A froth of white blossoms floats over the fuzzy basal foliage of Salvia sclarea 'Alba'. Butterflies enjoy the nectar of this Mediterranean native that tolerates both heat and extreme cold.

    $6.00
     

  • Salvia sclarea var turkestanica 'Piemont'

    (Italian Clary Sage) Clary Sages are well known for their use in folk remedies, aromatherapy and cosmetics. Glowing purple bracts frame the spectacular white blooms of this cultivar on 5-foot-tall spikes. It is a delight for honeybees, hummingbirds and butterflies.

    $7.00
     



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One of my favorites. The color of the beautiful blue flowers and the way the interesting looking flowers are what made me want it. I've grown it for a couple of different years as an annual in containers. Made a great container plant. Easy to ...
Marilyn from KY (zone 6a)
Apr 11, 2014