This is Salvia or Sage for sure, but what kind?

I know this is Salvia (Sage) from the mint family, but what kind of Salvia is this? Is this just an ornamental garden sage or a herb which is possible to use in cooking? Is it good for health? How else would you use this type of sage? Thanks a lot in advance!


Salvia with red flowers

Sage with red flowers

Reviewer Asked on August 24, 2016 in Flowers,   Gardening,   Herbs.
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    This is Salvia greggii, a perennial grown for its flowers, drought resistance and deer resistance. So, not the culinary (vulgaris) species. Popular cultivars are ‘Furman’s Red’, ‘Wild Thing’, and ‘Ultra Violet’. Likes lots of sunshine and very well drained soil. Not reliably hardy where I live (Colorado Springs) USDA zone4 & about 6900′. Does make it through the winters around Denver and also in Pueblo. Doesn’t like damp winter conditions and the stems can be very brittle.

    Beginner Answered on August 31, 2016.

    Thank you for such a complete answer! I thought it was Salvia microphylla

    on September 1, 2016.
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    Does it smell like blackcurrant?

    Doctor Answered on August 25, 2016.
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    Looks like blackcurrant sage, smells much better than it tastes!

    Vice Professor Answered on August 25, 2016.
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    I think it is Salvia microphylla. Epling distinguishes between the two by the Salvia microphylla leaves, which have serrated edges, compared to the narrow, elliptic, and smooth-edged Salvia greggii  leaves — and by a pair of papillae inside the Salvia microphylla corolla.


    In the U.S. it is sometimes called “Graham’s sage”.

    Vice Professor Answered on September 3, 2016.
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