Sage has been an important herb since ancient times, and over the years, it's garnered countless meanings. It's changed names and taxonomies. It's been regarded as a medicinal plant, and a spiritual one. The alluring hue of its leaves has inspired plenty of paint colors. And it's worked its way into countless cuisines and recipes. Like most woody herbs, it's a perennial that's slow to grow but hardy and handsome in herb gardens and containers.