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'Extrakta' sage leaves are higher in essential oils (1.5-2%), plants higher yielding than common sage. Use fresh or dried to flavor chicken, sauces, and dressings. Plants grow to 2.5 feet tall, with fragrant gray-green leaves, spikes of blue flowers in early summer. Winter hardy to zone 4. Packet is ½ gram, about 50 seeds.
Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil and barely cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 60-70° F., germination is in 14-21 days. Transplant into the garden 12-18 inches apart. Can direct sow after all danger of frost ¼ inch deep, 1 seed every 2 inches in rows 18 inches apart. Thin to 12 inches apart.
Comments: Needs full sun and good drainage. "Extrakta' Sage is an excellent container or herb garden plant.