Salvia fruticosa
(formerly S. triloba)

GREEK SAGE, FASKOMILO TEA

 
Young Greek Sage Plant

The photo on the left shows a young Greek Sage in early spring measuring about two feet tall and about a foot wide. When it blooms it will be about four feet. This Greek Sage was planted the summer before from one of our three-inch pots.  

These young tender shoots are perfect for adding fresh to any recipe calling for Sage. The unique flavor will add a little extra zing to stuffings, poultry, bread or cheese. Greek Sage can be dried and should be used at about half the amount of fresh Sage. In fact, Greek Sage is the most prevalent form of cooking sage and it often makes up part or all of what is sold as dried sage.

Greek Sage has been used for centuries to make a healthful tea known as Faskomilo tea.

Greek Sage is one of the six plants chosen to be in our  Gourmet Herb Garden Six Pack.

This plant is sometimes available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Greek Sage Plug Trays are available.

Greek Sage in flower

Tasty leaves of Greek Sage

A member of the Lamiaceae family, Greek 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.

These hairs provide shade for the leaves which allows the plant to endure hot, dry summers typical of its native Greece.

Plant 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.

Greek Sage 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.

Cultural Information

Height: 4 Feet 

Hardiness: Zone 9
Marginal in Zone 8, 
Plant near the house for protection and mulch the roots heavily. 

Flower Color: White

Characteristics: Full Sun,
Evergreen, 
Water Conserving

Uses: Culinary,
Fragrant

 

Organic Greek Sage Plant

$5.95 per 3 inch pot

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