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Berggarten Sage

Salvia officinalis


A member of the mint family Berggarten Sage has a mounding habit and appearance. The words ‘friendly’ and ‘tidy’ comes to mind when trying to describe this particular Sage, with its soft silver-gray, plump leaves and bushy habit with light purple flowers. It is a very lovely and clean variety which requires next to no maintenance and smells wonderfully. Berggarten does not grow quite as tall as other sages.


This sage volunteered at my neighbors house in a dry, clay like part of her front yard. Has been the home to quite a few mourning doves.


Sage is the primary flavor in stuffing, which is traditionally prepared during Thanksgiving and Christmas. Its taste is extremely complementary to meats, especially poultry. Sage is delicious with dairy products as well, especially in sauces with eggs, butter, or cheeses. Try adding it to marinades. You can also dry the stems by gathering them in bunches, hanging them on drying racks out of direct sunlight. Once completely dry, strip leaves from stems and store in airtight containers. Dried Sage has a stronger flavor, but a different taste, than the fresh. Most sages are deer resistant and attract butterflies.

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Sacramento, California, USA

Spotted on Apr 19, 2012
Submitted on Apr 28, 2012

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