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African Sage

Salvia africana-lutea

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

African Sage Overview

A hardy shrub with grey-green aromatic leaves on square stems. The flowers are an unusual reddish brown to rusty orange​ colour. It is a great seaside plant and can be planted in arid areas. Can be used as an informal hedge and attracts insects and birds when flowering in springtime. Has medicinal properties to treat cold or flu symptoms.

Common problems with African Sage

Aphids, fungal leaf spots, powdery mildew, rust, spider mites, stem rot, and whiteflies.

    How to harvest African Sage

    Leaves can be harvested throughout the year, preferably before the flowers open. Harvest lightly in the first year to ensure that the plant grows fully. Sage is best fresh but can be frozen or dried.

    How to propagate African Sage


    Sow seeds directly in Spring and Summer. Germination takes about 2 weeks. Seedlings will flower 12-18 months after sowing.


    Take 7-10 cm long stem cuttings from Spring to Autumn and plant out directly. Keep moist until rooted.

    Special features of African Sage

    Attracts birds

    The nectar in flowers attracts sugarbirds.

    Attracts useful insects

    The flowers' nectar attracts bees, butterflies, and moths.

    Drought resistant

    The plants are drought tolerant but flourish from regular watering.

    Repels harmful insects

    Used close to chicken coops it will repel pests like mosquitoes and lice.

    Hedge plant

    Make effective hedge that can be clipped into shapes too.

    Other uses of African Sage

    To treat cold and flu symptoms and attracts insects and birds to garden.

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