Scientific Name: Salvia sclarea
Plant Characteristics: Sage is a short-lived perennial with thick square stems covered in hairs. Sage has large upright flowers ranging in color from lilac to white to pink.
Aromatic: Sage flowers have an attractive vanilla-balsam fragrance.
Medicinal: While there is little explicit reference to the medicinal uses of sage in the American colonies, the plant was widely used in Europe to treat a number of ailments. Sage was thought to enhance the immune system, ease digestion, and reduce skin inflammation.