Also known as
Pink Sage, Shell Bush, Pink Cat’s Whiskers, Pienk Salie (Afr.)
This plant has a mild fragrance
Pink Sage Overview
This multi-branched, semi-deciduous shrub has lovely, scented pink to mauve flowers. Pink Sage can be very drought resistant once established and shouldn't be over-watered. The scented flowers attract butterflies and insect-eating birds to the garden. While the plant is fairly low maintenance, it may be cut back to a third of its height every couple of years to rejuvenate the woody growth and this should be done before its summer growing season. Plantpink sage individual in a pot or on mass in huge gardens for a lovely display.
Common problems with Pink Sage
Pink Sage is generally not bothered by pests or diseases.
How to harvest Pink Sage
Flowers can be harvested by cutting their stalks and using them for flower arrangements.
How to propagate Pink Sage
Sow seed in spring in fine potting mix and cover lightly. Keep trays in semi-shade until they germinate in 2-4 weeks. Transplant seedlings into individual containers when big enough to handle.
Pink Sage can be propagated through semi-hardwood cuttings but plants grow quickly from seed too.
Special features of Pink Sage
Attracts useful insects
The flowers attract butterflies to the garden.
This plant is extremely drought once established.
Pink Sage is suitable for containers, provided it has good drainage and is large enough.
I will make an effective low hedge or screen.
Other uses of Pink Sage
Beautiful flowering garden plant that attract butterflies.