Identify 2 sage plants

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  1. Love4Bugs

    Love4Bugs Active Member

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    These plants were in the garden when we bought the house. I would like to know whether they are edible, especially the pink-flowered plant as the aroma is very strong, like the sage often added to pork sausage, mmm! Any help is greatly appreciated.
     

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    tipularia Well-Known Member 10 Years

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    Looks like Salvia
     
  3. Love4Bugs

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    Re: Identify 2 sage plants - are they edible?

    Yes, I believe they are Salvia, but am wondering what strain they are. I'm very interested in using them in recipes, IF they are edible. Does anyone know? Thanks.
     
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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    First one looks like a S. microphylla Cv. isn't considered a culinary Sage.
    http://www.ibiblio.org/pfaf/cgi-bin/arr_html?Salvia+microphylla
    Second looks to be Salvia chamaedryoides, neither is poisonous so if you like
    to experiment have at it. S. clevelandii (a California native) is edible but VERY
    strong so use it sparingly.

    HTH
    Chris
     
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    Thanks Chris! The second one looks to be a match - S. chamaedryoides. But the photo link to first one doesn't have the same leaves. (Sorry, my photo didn't capture a good look at the leaves.) I believe it's S. Greggii (http://www.gardeninginarizona.com/Plants/Lamiaceae/big/Salvia_greggii.html). It is SO aromatic I may take your suggestion and try it - just wondering who the first victim should be?!? :)
     
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    saltcedar Rising Contributor 10 Years

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    It could be greggii or it's hybrid S. x jamensis (microphylla x greggii)
    http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/54442/

    After getting run out of my house using a stinky Cleveland Sage
    I'll let someone else be your guinea pig! :-)

    Regards
    chris
     

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