Cultivating History

Scientific Name: Salvia officinalis L.

Family: Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Common name: Sage

Description: Sub-shrub 1/2 to 2 feet tall.

Range and Habitat: Native to the Mediterranean region and one of the most important occupants of an herb garden.

In Porcher’s time… sage was thought to possess antispasmodic power. It was used to strengthen the circulatory, cutaneous, and digestive functions and to stimulate the nerves. “The cultivation of this herb is among the most profitable of the market gardener's products.”

See the historical entry on this plant as it appears in Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests

See the contemporary entry on this plant as it appears in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database