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yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782



Hi everyone

I've temporarily planted a sage in a pot with a Senetti until I've found a herb spot for it. When I bought it it was only labelled 'Sage' but I'm wondering if anyone can tell me which Sage it is?  Also, as it is it a good time to use it for cooking or should the flowers be snipped or finished flowering before use?

Any advice very welcome.

Many thanks.


  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470

    I dont see a sage in that photo. I see a senetti and a phuopsis, neither of which I would use in cookingimage

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 82,265

    That looks more like a thyme -  not a sage.  

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  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,869

    No sage. No.

    I don't know either of these plants. The only phuopsis I know is P. stylosa which isn't there either. 

    But, what do I know about tender pot plantsimage Nowt

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Derbyshire but with a Nottinghamshire postcode. Posts: 16,470

    Maybe a thyme not phuopsis. What do the crushed leaves smell like?

  • Rosie31Rosie31 Posts: 483

    Oh dear, Yarrow, sorry but I agree with everyone else..... not sage.   Not sure what it is - might be thyme although the leaves look a bit chunky for that.  Does it smell like a thyme?


  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 49,147

    I thought it looked a bit like the prostrate rosemary - although the flowers didn't look quite right - until I enlarged the pic  image

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  • Lion SLion S Posts: 263

    Could be Satureja montana ? That's what it looks like to me. If you brush with your hand through the plant it should smell a little like Thyme.

    @Edd, at second thought I think you're right with it being Thyme 'Jekka'. Judging from the leaves it can't be Satureja.


  • yarrow2yarrow2 Posts: 782

    Oops!  Thanks so much everybody.  It certainly does look like the Jekka Thyme Edd!  Hilarious as it does smell really strongly and when you run your hand over the leaves I had thought it was very like sage stuffing!  But there you go.  I can't tell a Sage from a Thyme.  Big herb learning curve ahead this year I think.

    Thank you all.


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