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Sage - Salvia officinalis

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Offal sage

It comes from the Mediterranean coasts. Aromatic plant with very fragrant leaves, widely used in cooking. During the winter some varieties completely lose their leaves while others are semi-persistent. It is a shrub that in nature can reach 60 centimeters in height. Blue-violet flowers that bloom in summer.

The sage genus belongs to the labiatae family and includes not less than 500 species widespread in all temperate areas of the globe

There salvia officinalis It is an evergreen bushy aromatic plant with stems up to 70 cm high, very branched and woody at the base. The lateral stems generally have a more prostrate bearing.

The leaves are petiolate, oblong-ovate in shape, thick, wrinkled and finely serrated, covered with a thick down. The color is very particular and characteristic: a nice green-gray (in the species).

The flowers appear at the apex of the stem in spring-summer and are generally rather intense blue-violet. It is native to southern Europe; in Italy it is found in stony and arid places, in various areas, in the central part of the peninsula up to Basilicata, in Sardinia and in the Tuscan archipelago.

Being a much loved and known plant since ancient times, many cultivars have been developed, mostly characterized by different colors of the leaves. Thanks to these researches, today it is possible to insert this plant both in vegetable gardens or aromatic corners, and inside the real garden. In fact, it can be precious in flowerbeds and mixed borders due to the persistence and beauty of the foliage.

Rustic plant, which also adapts to harsh climate areas.


Sage cultivation

The cultivation of salvia officinalis It is very simple and constant maintenance is not essential ... It can be inserted both in the ground and in a pot (possibly quite large) and provides us with its precious leaves continuously throughout the year.

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