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Sage 'Broad Leaf'  

Salvia officinalis

  • 63 plantings
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Broad Leaf is a popular variety of Sage, which belongs to the Salvia genus (Salvia officinalis 'Broad Leaf'). Leaves appear approximately as a   Laurel green colour.

Perennial evergreen with grayish leaves and purple flowers that get to a height of approximately 2 feet tall. It is used as a culinary and medicinal herb2 and also as an ornamental plant.1

This variety is a Herb that typically grows as an Perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Broad Leaf is known for its Shrub habit and growing to a height of approximately 30.0 cm (11.7 inches). This variety tends to bloom in mid summer.

Spain is believed to be where Broad Leaf originates from.

As Broad Leaf Sage is a low maintanence plant, it is great for beginner gardeners and those that like gardens that don't need much overseeing.

This variety plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Broad Leaf have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Broad Leaf

  • Full Sun

  • Medium

Sage may become woody and need replacement every 3 to 4 years. Harvesting leaves and pruning frequently will help to reinvigorate culinary sage.

Try to plant in a location that enjoys full sun and remember to water moderately. Keep in mind when planting that Broad Leaf is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures. The USDA Hardiness Zones typically associated with Broad Leaf are Zone 5 and Zone 9. Ensure your soil is loamy and sandy and has a ph of between 4.9 and 8.2 as Sage is a moderately acidic soil to weakly alkaline soil loving plant.

Growing Broad Leaf from seed

Ensure a distance of 0.98 inches (2.5 cm) between seeds when sowing - look to sow at a depth of approximately 0.23 inches (0.6 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 15°C / 59°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations, you should look at sowing Broad Leaf about 84 days before your last frost date.

Transplanting Broad Leaf

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Broad Leaf is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Broad Leaf

Harvest leaves in spring and summer before and during bloom.2

Broad Leaf folklore & trivia

This plant will grow happily in a container.

Other Names for Sage 'Broad Leaf'

Garden sage, common sage, true sage, culinary sage