Throughout history sage has been thought to prolong life and good health. Salvia comes from the Latin 'salvare' – to heal. John Gerard the English herbalist describes sage as being 'singularly good for the head and brain, it quickeneth the senses and memory'.
Recommended by the RHS to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.
The young stems and foliage of Purple Sage are purple in colour and turn grey-green as they grow older. In Summer it produces purple-blue flowers. The leaves are slightly larger than those of common sage and have a marginally spicier flavour. All parts of the plant are strongly aromatic. Like its green relation, Purple Sage has many culinary and medicinal uses.
As with all alternative medicines and plants with purported medicinal benefits it is important to inform your health care providers that you are using them; this helps to ensure safe and coordinated care. We can accept no liability for any side effect or contingency from any allergy or any other cause or harm that may arise. If in doubt please do consult a medical practitioner before using. Should not be taken for long periods. Avoid if you are pregnant or suffer from epilepsy.
Purple Sage (Salvia leucophylla), also referred to as San Luis Purple Sage or Gray Sage, is another Southern California native we have begun domesticating on our farm. A proud shrub that’s useful for xeriscaping (low irrigating landscaping) – it can encompass a six to 10 square foot area by its third year. Silver grey leaves and prodigious flower plumes – showier than any sage we offer in our catalog – make a nice accent for flower bouquets and can even be used decoratively in their dried seed pod stage. The entire plant has a soft, pine-mint scent that is detectable anywhere it grows.
Deciduous woody perennial growing to 6 feet unless seriously pruned back, native to Baja, coastal California and associated transverse mountain ranges. Silvery foliage with purple flowers occurring in whorls, with protruding stamens, very showy as the Salvias tend to be. Incredibly drought tolerant–a good subject for xeroscaping. Traditional usage (American Indian, TWM): drying to secretions (fsweat, breast milk) and stimulating to memory, expectorant, smudge. Plant prefers fast-draining, dryish soils and full sun. Sow in spring. Scarify seed lightly on fine grit sandpaper, barely cover seeds with fast-draining mix and tamp securely, keep evenly moist and warm until germination. Work up in pots and transplant out to 2 to 3 feet apart.