Scientific nameThis sage is beautiful, good for bees and medicinal. It grows up to 2m but can be pruned back. To get the most out of it, cut back after flowering and, like all sages, do not over-water.
Propagate Salvia africana-caerulea by seed or cuttings. Cuttings give the best results.
Seed can be sown in autumn or spring to early summer. Use well-drained soil and keep moist. As soon as the seedlings are strong enough to handle, transfer them to a single pot. After a few more weeks they are ready for planting into the garden. The seedlings respond well to organic fertilizer and pinching the tips will encourage bushy, vigorous growth and more flowers.
Cuttings from new growth near the base of the plant taken in spring or early summer root very easily. The newly rooted plants respond well to regular feeding with an organic fertilizer.
This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.
We are in need of this species! Can you help? Maybe you have this species at home, or perhaps you can collect seeds or cuttings (if applicable) from friends or from a public space. If so, why don't you help establish this species in areas where it is much needed!
Conservation status: Near Threatened
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
It provides medicinal value
Easy to grow
It provides food for:
Salvia africana-caerulea is indigenous to: Peninsula Shale Renosterveld