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Narrow-leaf Sage

Common name: Narrow-leaf Sage

Scientific name: Salvia lavandulifolia

Family: Lamiaceae

Uses: Decorative, culinary.Attractive flowers. Use in herbal wreaths & nosegays. For culinary use. Slight balsamic flavor. Good for teas. Use for flavoring. Use in vinegars. For herbal butter. Use for drying (leaves are highly aromatic & pungent). Use for fragrance and pot-pourris. Use in containers. Has medicinal uses. Popular with bees.

History: Also known as Spanish sage, From the Latin

Description: Square stems which become woody after the 2nd year. Leaves are in pairs with yellow blotches on old leaves and pronounced veining underneath. The deep-throated flowers are two-lipped and generally mauve-blue. The fruit is tiny, dark brown, ovoid seeds. Leaves have a slight balsamic flavor.

Plant type: Perennial

Hardiness: Hardy evergreen shrub; hardiness zone 4-8.

Height: 12-30 inches

Width: 2 feet

Light: Full sun

Soil: fairly rich, light, dry, well drained alkaline soil

Pests:

Disease: Slugs, spider mites, spittle bug, caterpillars; wilt and root rot,

Cultivation: Sow in late spring. Thin to 20 inches when seedlings reach a height of 3 inches. Prune heavily in spring to prevent seed set. Cut back after flowering and replace woody plants every 4-5 years.

Companion planting: Sage in general are said to improve the growth of carrots, marjoram, strawberry and tomato.

Propagation: Cuttings, layering, division or by seed.

Flowering period: June

Flower color: mauve-blue, pink, white

Harvesting: Pick leaves just before flowers appear; avoid harvesting the first year.

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