Salvia officinalis is an aromatic, zone 4+ hardy perennial shrub in the mint family (Lamiaceae) Its common names include culinary sage, common garden sage, or garden sage. Sage is often mentioned as the herb of immortality, domestic virtue, health, and wisdom. Sage was a sacred ceremonial herb of the Romans. It has been cultivated for both culinary and medicinal purposes for many centuries. It is hardy in zones 4-10. Sage has shallow roots that make it well-suited to container gardening. And while the leaves appeal to people, the nectar-rich blossoms attract beneficial insects, like bees and butterflies, by the dozen. Grows best in a sunny location with well-drained soil.