Also known as
Beach Sage, Dune Sage, Golden Sage, Brown Sage, Bruinsalie, Sandsalie, Geelblomsalie (Afr.)
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
The nectar in flowers attracts sugarbirds.
Attracts useful insects
The flowers' nectar attracts bees, butterflies, and moths.
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.
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.