Native Region: Europe
Zone Range: 7-10
Preferred Climate: Full sun; well draining coarse soil.
Harvest Date: Monday 13 October, 2008
Seed count: 50-60
Semi evergreen woody shrub renowned for its use as a culinary herb and is a componet of poultry seasoning. Heavy textured greenish grey leaves have a purplish tinge. Beautiful blue-purple flower spikes are loved by bumblebees. Leaves can be used fresh or dry. 125 seeds/gram
Prune back dead stems in Autumn to lessen the snow burden and keep plants tidy. That's the only maintenence needed. Dilute sage tea is perfect to sprinkle over carrots help masks the carrot's order from deer, bunnies, and carrot fly.
Easy to germinate: simply sow 5 mm deep in sandy medium, keep moist. A clear plastic cover improves germination time. Optimum germination temperature: 20 C. Days to germinate: 20-30 (or sooner). Richer the soil, the shorter the life span of this plant (mine are 8 years old). Likes growing in rock gardens or by cement walkways. Older plants resent transplanting.