Sage is a small, frost hardy, woody perennial shrub growing to about 90cm. The long, oval, grey-green leaves, velvety in texture, have a slightly bitter, camphor-like taste, while the flowers are purple-blue in colour. Full sun and good drainage are essential for sage as it does not like wet feet. Goes well with other strong herbs such as garlic, rosemary and thyme. Fresh or dried leaves are used extensively as flavouring in stuffing, marinades in vinegars and herb butters.
Medicinal uses: Gargling sage tea is said to give some relief to sore throats.