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Sage Of The Diviners

Salvia divinorum

Also known as

Divining Sage, Herb-Of-The-Virgin, Yerba De La Pastora

Full Shade
Moderate care
Moderate watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

Sage Of The Diviners Overview

Part of the mint family, this species is native to Southern Mexico and Central and South America. It is thought to have been first noticed by the scientific community when Albert Hofmann, creator of LSD, went to Mexico after hearing stories of secretive groves where this sacred plant was being harvested for use in rituals. Growing to around 1 metre in height, this psychoactive plant can induce visions and other spiritual experiences when it is smoked, consumed as a tea or just by chewing. There are two common cultivars which are known to be distinct: the Bunnell strain and the Blosser or Palatable strain. There are other strains that are not as well documented, such as the Luna strain (possibly Bunnell) isolated from a Hawaiian patch of Salvia divinorum clones, featuring unusually serrated and rounded rather than ovate leaves. Salvia divinorum has been made illegal or its sale/distribution restricted in many countries around the world. It has also been placed amongst the most serious narcotics category, alongside heroin and cocaine.

Common problems with Sage Of The Diviners

Aphids and Whiteflies live on the underside of leaves. Also, be wary of Spider Mite and Scale Insects. Spray with an organic soap spray and keep the soil well-drained to avoid Root Rot.

How to propagate Sage Of The Diviners


In the evenings, take cuttings with four-six sets of leaves on it with 30 cm of stalk below. Place cutting in water, prevents from wilting. After two weeks, transplant into potting soil.


Propagates by falling over and sending out roots from the nodes and internodes where they touche the ground.

Special features of Sage Of The Diviners

Attracts birds

Hummingbirds and other nectar loving birds are attracted to the flowers.

Pot plant

These can be grown in pots and containers.

Indoor plant

Keep the light (High Pressure Sodium [HPS] or Metal Halide [MH]) at least two feet above the tops of the plants, which prevents leaves from turning red, or position in a sunny area.

Other uses of Sage Of The Diviners


Used to treat diarrhea, anemia, headaches, rheumatism, and acts as a diuretic.


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