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Icterina Sage, or Salvia officinalis Icterina is a small perennial evergreen plant with woody stems.
Native to the Mediterranean region, though it has naturalized in many places throughout the world, sage has a long history of medicinal and culinary use, and in modern times as an ornamental garden plant.
Icterina Sage grows to approximately 1m tall and wide, with lavender/violet flowers in late spring or summer. The leaves are oblong and attractive variegated yellow-green in colour, with a textured surface on the upper side, and nearly white underneath due to the many short soft hairs.
Preferring light, well-drained soil and full sun, sage will often flourish all year, and should have leaves to harvest for much of the year.
As a culinary herb, sage has a slight peppery taste, and is used in to flavour fatty meats in the form of stuffings and sauces, and also adds flavour to soft cheeses and pickles.