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African Sage

Salvia africana-lutea

Beach Sage, Dune Sage, Golden Sage, Brown Sage (Eng.), Bruinsalie, Sandsalie, Geelblomsalie (Afr.)

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A hardy shrub with grey-green aromatic leaves on square stems. The flowers are an unusual reddish brown to rusty orange​ colour. It is a great seaside plant and can be planted in arid areas. Can be used as an informal hedge and attracts insects and birds when flowering in springtime. Has medicinal properties to treat cold or flu symptoms.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Autumn
Fruiting time
Autumn, Spring

Harvesting

Leaves can be harvested throughout the year, preferably before the flowers open. Harvest lightly in the first year to ensure that the plant grows fully. Sage is best fresh but can be frozen or dried.

Propagation

Seed
Sow seeds directly in Spring and Summer. Germination takes about 2 weeks. Seedlings will flower 12-18 months after sowing.
Cuttings
Take 7-10 cm long stem cuttings from Spring to Autumn and plant out directly. Keep moist until rooted.

Special features

Attracts birds
The nectar in flowers attracts sugarbirds.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers' nectar attracts bees, butterflies, and moths.
Drought resistant
The plants are drought tolerant but flourish from regular watering.
Repels harmful insects
Used close to chicken coops it will repel pests like mosquitoes and lice.
Hedge plant
Make effective hedge that can be clipped into shapes too.

Geography

Origin
South Africa, Cape Province
Natural climate
Coastal plains

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Notes
To treat cold and flu symptoms and attracts insects and birds to garden.

Personality

Family
Lamiaceae
Flower colour
Reddish- brown to rusty-orange
Scent
Mild

Problems

Aphids, fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, spider mites, stem rot, and whiteflies.

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