Blue sage

Blue sage

Salvia africana-caerulea

Scientific name

This 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.

The blue sage is pollinated by bees.

Propagation instructions

By seed

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.

By cutting

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.

References and further reading

PlantZAfrica profile »

Wikipedia page »

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This table below shows how many plants we are trying to obtain for this species.

Site Area Quantity
Site #62 Newlands 10
Site #20 Rosebank 15
Site #64 Mowbray 10
Site #66 Mowbray 20
Site #15 Rosebank 20
Total 75

Important characteristics

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

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