To the Ancients, Sage was sacred ... salvia means the Savior.
"The desire of sage is to render man immortal," instructs a late medieval treatise. Indeed, the sage plant has been praised highly throughout history and on many continents for its power of longevity. "How can a man grow old who has sage in his garden?" is the substance of an ancient proverb much quoted in China, Persia and parts of Europe.
I am always amazed at the hardiness of garden sage. This was taken while the three inches of snow we got yesterday was rapidly melting.