Berggarten Sage (Salvia Officinalis) is a delightful culinary and decorative herb. Its large attractive gray-green rounded leaves grow in mounds 2' x 3'. Great in-ground or containers. This flourished in my Zone 7 during one of the worst extended winters I've ever experienced. Its woody stems can be pruned to shape. You will receive one plant in a 4" nursery pot. Shipping in Spring appropriate to your grow zone. Please select ONLY priority shipping option, unless you are local to me and select pick up option.
Please note: If for any reason you believe your plant arrives in distressed condition, or damaged, please take a picture and send to me immediately. I will either send you another plant or refund, but I can do nothing if you do not notify me of the plant's condition with photo on arrival.
MEDICINAL PROPERTIES: The name "Salvia" comes from the Latin "salvere," meaning "to heal." The Romans considered sage to be sacred and even had special harvesting ceremonies. All sages have traditionally been considered antispasmodic, antiseptic, astringent, diaphoretic, expectorant, nervine and tonic. Used as a folk remedy against colds, diarrhea, enteritis, venereal disease, excessive perspiration, snake bites, sore throats, toothaches and cancer. Recent clinical studies have shown it is useful lowering blood sugar in diabetics. Strongly flavored, so if brewing as a tea, try combining with dried fruits such as apple, or fragrant raspberry leaves. Combined with rosemary, and boiled to make a "tea", it can be used to restore gray hair to its natural color. Let the combo cool and steep in your refrigerator. After shampooing, use a cotton ball to apply to gray (or rinse if you are gray all over) and let dry. Use weekly. Restoration will take several weeks but it beats chemical hair colors, which can affect your health.
GROWING TIPS: Be sure to harden off before transplanting to a sunny position in your garden. Once established keep pinched back (which you will do naturally as you use it for teas, dishes and potpourris) to keep it from becoming leggy.