|garden sage, Salvia officinalis|
|big sagebrush, Artemisia tridentata|
Sometimes two plants with the same name are quite different.
I still remember my surprise, years ago, when I realized garden sage and prairie sages were unrelated.
The culinary herb, sage, sometimes called garden sage for clarity, Salvia officinalis, is from Europe. Although it doesn’t taste or smell minty, you can call it a mint because it is in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is related to a host of important culinary herbs, not just clary sage, spearmint and peppermint, but also plants as diverse as lemon balm, catnip and oregano.
|garden sage with flowers|