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South African Sage Wood

Buddleja salviifolia

Also known as


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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








5 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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A close up of the small white flowers of Buddleja salviifolia (SouthAfrican Sage Wood)
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A photo of South African Sage Wood
A photo of South African Sage Wood

South African Sage Wood Overview

Buddleja salviifolia is a bushy, semi-evergreen shrub originating from East and South Africa. It has an arching habit, with finely wrinkled, lance-shaped, grey-green leaves. Its small flowers are fragrant, pale mauve with an orange throat, and produced on panicles in autumn/winter. They are very attractive to pollinators. Also known as Sagewood and South African Sagewood, it is best grown by a warm, sunny wall in a mild location where it will produce better flowering. It needs well-drained soil in full sun with shelter from cold winds. It is suitable for city, coastal and wildlife gardens as well as flower beds and borders.

Common problems with South African Sage Wood

May be damaged by aphids, capsid bug, caterpillars and earwigs. Leaf and bud eelworm, figwort weevil and mullein moth are occasionally troublesome. Also prone to honey fungus.

South African Sage Wood Companion Plants

Plant with shrubs that have similar water needs.

How to propagate South African Sage Wood


Sow fresh seed in sand and keep moist until roots are established.


Semi-ripe is summer.

Special features of South African Sage Wood

Attracts birds

Attracts a variety of garden birds.

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees, butterflies and other insects.

Attracts butterflies

Drought resistant

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Other uses of South African Sage Wood


Herbal tea can be made from the fresh or dried leaves. An essence boiled from the roots is used for a remedy for a cough and to relieve colic.

Garden plants

Buddlejas attract birds and insects to your garden, they can make effective hedges and are water-wise plants.

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