Wood Sage

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Wood sage

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Scientific name: Teucrium scorodonia
Despite having the familiar sage-green leaves, Wood sage has very little scent, so is not a good cooking herb. It can be found on acidic soils on sand dunes, heaths and cliffs, and along woodland rides.

Top facts

Stats

Height: up to 40cm

Conservation status

Common.

When to see

July to September

About

Unlike other sages, Wood sage has very little scent, so has little value as a herb in cooking. It can be found on sand dunes, heaths and coastal cliffs, and along dry woodland rides, preferring acidic soils. Upright spikes of straw-coloured flowers can be seen from July to September and its plentiful seed provides food for many birds.

What to look for

In common with other sages, Wood sage has the familiar crinkly, sage-green leaves. Its yellowish flowers appear in pairs along long, leafless spikes.

Where to find

Widespread.

Did you know?

Bees, wasps, beetles and butterflies all feed from Wood sage; one beetle is even specific to it.