Unlike other sages, Wood Sage has very little scent and 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.
How to identify
In common with other sages, Wood Sage has the familiar crinkly, sage-green leaves. Its yellowish flowers appear in pairs along long, leafless spikes.
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How can people help
The Wildlife Trusts look after many coastal and heathland habitats for the benefit of all kinds of plants and wildflowers, and are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices in these areas. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.