Sage is a very popular herb grown throughout Illinois. It is a shrubby perennial that may reach 1824 inches tall, with a sprawling growth habit. Common sage has gray-green, wooly leaves. There are several cultivars: Tricolor has white and purple marbled leaves with pink margins, Icterina has variegated gold and green leaves, and Purpurascens" has purple foliage. Lilac blue flowers appear in early to midsummer, typically the second year.
Sage can be grown from seed, stem cuttings or crown division. Divided plants may take a long time to recover. Plant sage in a sunny location with well-drained soil. Root rot can be a problem in heavy, wet soils. Space plants 1518 inches apart.
Leaves can be harvested before blooming begins. Or cut stems 68 inches long and allow to dry.