A member of the Lamiaceae family,
Sage exhibits the typical hairy or tomentose coverings on its leaves and
stems. This picture also shows the square stem which is characteristic of
this large family of plants which includes, not only salvias, but also
mints, oreganos, lavenders and rosemary.
hairs provide shade for the leaves which allows the plant to endure hot,
dry summers typical of its native Greece.
Greek Sage where it can get about six hours of sun each day during
the growing season. Good drainage is important to ensure the plant does
not succumb to rot during winter rains.
also does well in a container. Start with a gallon size and check each
spring to see if it is root bound. Increase to a 3 gallon if it has
filled the pot.