Salvia Facts


Salvia is part of the mint family and is commonly known as sage. It can be annual, biennial or perennial depending on the variety. Salvia is widely used in cooking, for medicinal purposes and in ornamental gardens.


Salvia has been around for centuries, originating in central and southwestern Asia. Pliny the Elder first used the Latin name salvia, which means "to save".


There are many different varieties of salvia available, approximately 700 to 900 species.


Salvia grows 10 inches to 4 ½ feet high. It requires mostly sunny conditions and even moisture with well-drained soil for optimal growth.


Salvia seeds can be sown directly into the garden in early spring or started indoors six to eight weeks after the final frost. Seedlings should be spaced 10 to 20 inches apart.


Spent blooms should be pinched off to promote continuous flowering. Salvia is best used in beds, containers or as fresh or dried cut flowers.

Fun Fact

Salvia is classified as both an herb and a flower.


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