Meadow Sage - Very Pretty and a Magnet
For Hummingbirds and Butterflies!

The herb known as salvia pratensis, or meadow sage, is a perennial that grows wild in Europe, parts of North Africa and across western Asia. In this century (and last) it has become a common sight in North America, and was considered a weed for a long time. Today, horticulturalists are appreciating its value as a flower and as a herb. 

Note: Apparently it is still considered a weed in Washington state and it was once banned in California! 

More about Meadow Sage

picture of meadow sage by Oswald Engelhardt

The name comes from the fact that this pretty herb is most often found growing in meadows, although it can also be found along the edges of a forest as well.

Meadow sage is a bushy shrub that can grow to nearly 3 feet in height (about 1 metre).

The leaves are a rich shade of green with some greyish tones, with ragged edges, and four to six flowers grow on each stem. 

The flowers are small, less than three centimetres in length, and come in many shades of blue, pink and purple, ranging from deep vibrant colours to pure white.

Like all varieties of sage, the leaves of this meadow type are pleasantly fragrant when you crush them. 

Quick Growing Tips For Young Plants

The easiest way to grow it would be from young plants...

  • Plant in the late fall or in springtime in a corner of the garden that gets full sun
  • Cover freshly planted seeds with compost to help keep in moisture
  • It can tolerate lots of high heat and high humidity, but it does need moist soil, so water frequently.  It doesn’t mind sandy soil or clay, but try not to let it dry out 

Whilst it does bloom early, it will continue to flower all summer long if you remove the dead blossoms. 

Another great reason to plant it is that it acts as a magnet for hummingbirds and butterflies.

Note: I've never grown this variety, but if you click here, you can get general growing tips for the more common varieties.

Medicinal Uses for Meadow Sage

Note: This variety is edible but not really one to add to your cooking, rather it's mainly for medicinal use...

In ancient times, it was used to help promote eye health and is sometimes referred to as meadow clary. The name “clary” comes from the term “clear eye”.   

It was also used as a flavouring for beer and often used to make a tea, where it was used to soothe sore throats and promote healthy gums and teeth. Click here for a tea recipe.

Image Links to 2 Other Types and a Herb You May Enjoy

Bog Sage - Horrible Name But Lovely Flowers!

Autumn Sage - Decorative With Edible Flowers
and Leaves

Basil Herb - Growing and Culinary Uses

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