Salvia officinalis


Lamiaceae (family name)
Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar which is accessible to Honeybees, Short and Long-tongued Bumblebees such as the common Carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) and the Garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) and Solitary bees, such as the blue mason bee (Osmia caerulescens) – the female of which has hint of metallic blue on her rear. Pollinated by bees.
Flowering time: June, July, August.
Growing information: EVERGREEN SHRUB HERB the wild species, growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.6 m (2ft in). Prefers any well-drained soil and is hardy to minus 28ºC. Leaves are used raw or cooked as flavouring. Strongly aromatic, they are used as an aid to digestion, often for use with oily food. Herb tea is made from the fresh or dried leaves and is said to be a digestive. Sage antiseptic medicinal oil is used for many complaints.