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Wood Sage (Teucrium scorodonia)

Key facts about Wood Sage

  • Height: 15-60cm
  • Flowering Time: June – September
  • Flower colour: Pale yellow-green
  • Growth habit: Erect perennial herb
  • Habitat: Well drained soils, woodland, hedgerows, scrub, heaths, coastal dunes, shingle
  • Appears in: Species Rich Lawn Turf 
  • Also in: Woodland Shade Meadowmat

What does Wood Sage look like?

flowers and leaves of wood sage

photo from www.wildflowersofireland.net

I wouldn’t class wood sage as a pretty flower. It’s not particularly colourful or eyecatching, nevertheless, it has a beauty all of its own. Also known as wood germander

Wood sage has leaves that are deeply crinkled. The branching flower spikes turn into the most elegant seed heads you’ve ever seen. Leaves are 3-7cm long, soft and downy and very much like the edible sage you probably have growing in your herb garden.

Where to use Wood Sage

Sometimes a garden needs something to balance out a riot of colour, to provide texture or depth to a planting scheme. This happy little plant is a great candidate for this. The species is happy to be mown every so often and doesn’t mind a bit of shade. It’s just a nice, easy going kind of a plant.

As an added bonus, the flowers of wood sage are highly attractive to bumble bees and honey bees.

Medicine and Folklore

Interestingly, Wood Sage was used in times past to brew beer.  However, There’s a good reason why this plant is no longer used. I’ll let you read this article to find out why wood sage was replaced by hops in the brewing industry.

Wood Sage and Meadowmat

We’ve added this species to the seedmix of two of our Meadowmat products.  Species rich lawn meadowmat and woodland shade meadowmat. It’s just such an easy plant to grow and care for. Great for pollinators – and you know how important they are to the Turfonline Team – and just too good to overlook.

Similar plants to wood sage

Common Sorrel 

Wild Clary