South African Sage Wood
Also known as
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5 years to reach maturity
This plant has a strong fragrance
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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 a variety of garden birds.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees, butterflies and other insects.
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.
Buddlejas attract birds and insects to your garden, they can make effective hedges and are water-wise plants.