Common sage or garden sage, also known as salvia officinalis, is a perennial plant. It has woody stems with greyish leaves and blue to purplish flowers. The leaves are oblong, grey-green, rugose on the upper side, and nearly white underneath due to the many short soft hairs. This plant is native to the Mediterranean region. Sage is known for its medicinal and culinary value. It has a slight peppery flavour and is used for flavouring meat, poultry, sauces and bread.
I got this plant from Sg. Buloh for RM5.00. It is much bigger now. Some of the leaves have started to turn yellow, but I can see a lot of new leaves growing. I've trimmed off the wilting leaves to enable the new ones to grow. I am very impatient for the flowers to appear, wonder how long I'll have to wait. Sage is a great herb plant to have in the garden, the leaves are actually quite nice to look at, the leaves being grey-green are really different from other plants.
I have used the leaves of this plant to bake a very nice flatbread and also some herb butter. For recipes, please click Garden Herb Flatbread and Herb Butter.
Happy Gardening !