Salvia africana-caerulea

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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 - cuttings

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.

Propagation instructions - seeds

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.

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Scientific name

Salvia africana-caerulea

Common name(s)

Blue sage


Vegetation types