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Sagewood

Buddleja salviifolia

South African sage wood

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Buddleja salviifolia makes a great hedge if pruned or left natural and it is useful as a background plant in borders. Slower plants or trees can utilise the temporary protection they provide. They are decorative when in flower, but to keep them reasonably neat and bushy, it is advisable to prune them back after flower.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Autumn
Fruiting time
Winter

Harvesting

Pick fresh leaves as needed. Pick flower in the evening when their scent is the strongest.

Propagation

Cuttings
Hardwood cuttings can be taken during the active phase of growth and must be treated with a root stimulating hormone powder. Cuttings should be planted in river sand mix and keep moist.
Seed
Sow fresh seed in sand and keep moist until roots are established.

Special features

Attracts birds
Attracts a variety of garden birds.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees, butterflies and other insects.
Hedge plant
Makes a formal hedge when regurly pruned.

Geography

Origin
Southern Africa to tropical Africa.
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Herbal tea can be made from the fresh or dried leaves. An essence boiled from the roots is used for a remedy for a cough and to relieve colic.
Garden plants
Buddlejas attract birds and insects to your garden, they can make effective hedges and are water-wise plants.

Personality

Family
Buddlejaceae
Flower colour
, Purples, Cream
Scent
Strong

Problems

May be damaged by aphids, capsid bug, caterpillars and earwigs. Leaf and bud eelworm, figwort weevil and mullein moth are occasionally troublesome. Also prone to honey fungus.
Aphids
Aphids
Aphidoidea spp.

Companion plants

Plant with shrubs that have similar water needs.

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