Dusty, green leaves are used in dressing, sauces, salted herbs, sausage, and tea. Make a good base for dried floral wreaths. Sage is a shrubby evergreen perennial that forms many side brances of velvety-textured, wrinkled, gray-green leaves about 2 inches long. Spikes of 1/2-inch violet, pink to white edible flowers appear in summer. The plant matures to 24-32 inches high and 36 inches wide. Medicinal: Leaves are used as digestive and nerve tonics.