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Plantidote of the Day 2010-11-27

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purple garden sage

Salvia officinalis purpurea

purple garden sage

Easy to grow, undemanding, edible perennial (zones 5-9) Personally, I grow it for looks, hate the taste. The main requirement is full sun. It isn't fussy about soil, but it doesn't like to be over-watered. If you grow it for looks, you'll have to replace it after 3-4 years, because it gets too woody.

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Submitted by twig on

Maybe you've never had linguine with sage, butter and pine nuts. Or portobellos stuffed with carmelized onions, sage and bread crumbs? Or pumpkin soup with sage? Highly recommended!!

Submitted by lambert on

That all sounds good!

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Submitted by jerztomato on

Somehow I can't get past the fuzziness of the leaves. I love the look and smell of rosemary too, but hate the taste. Basil on the other hand looks, smells and tastes good too, IMHO.

Submitted by Fran on

The idea is low maintenance. It is full sun and I don't water it. I plant perennials. Anything that made it through last summer is allowed to stay. Actually, most plants did. I like plants with different shades of leaves, especially blue and lavender colors. Thanks!

Submitted by lambert on

I like it, it's pretty, it's right in front... And I don't cook with it. I should really do better next year.