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Here you can list your Sages/Salvias so as we may, swap cuttings/plants with other members who would like to further their collections.


The Ancient Europeans thought that Common Sage Salvia Officinalis enhanced Health and Mental clarity, particularly in the aged. Research has proved Sage is in reality an exceptional plant that has Antiseptic, Antifungal and Deodorant properties. It is excellent for Digestion and Mouth and Throat Infections, and contains Oestrogen, so is helpful in Menopause.

Sages/Salvias are members of the Lamiaceae family, of which there are over 900 species in the genus. All having incredible Insecticidal properties. They are used as flavourings, oils and of value to the Medical Industry. In the garden they are used as Companions, growth stimulants and soil tonics. When cutting back Sages/Salvias, use the trimmings in the Compost or dig into the garden. 

All Sage/Salvia flowers are abundant in nectar, so it is no wonder that some Bee Keeper like to grow them around their hives, often pairing them with the growing of Rosemary as Rosemary Honey is so delicious. Grapevines love to be planted near Sage/Salvia and leaves dug into the soil around the Vines enhances the sweetness of the Grapes.

As a Companion, these plants love to be planted near Sage/Salvia - Carrots, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Kale, Cabbages, Broccoli and Cauliflower. Do not plant near Cucumbers.

Sages/Salvias do not like to be waterlogged, they prefer a well drained soil a little on the dry side. They enjoy full sun but will grow in dappled shade but may not flower as well. There are many varieties growing from 30cms to approx 2.5mts. After 4 years the plants become woody so it is a good idea to take cuttings and replace the old plants.

Salvia leucantha and Salvia clevelandii  are so strongly scented that leaves, and flowers can be scattered over floors and chicken coops, stables and kennels, and fleas, flies and mosquitoes will be eradicated (hopefully).

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I love Salvias too!

What has always puzzled me, is that exotic bees do a dance when they come back into the hive from a scouting or foraging expedition. That dance indicates where and what is the pollen/nectar source. Now just because the bees say 'there's Salvia at xyz' does that mean the foraging bees will go to those flowers and somehow spy our fruit trees or flowering vegetables?

Perhaps someone with more knowledge of bees can tell me the background to 'bee-attracting plants' coz I am truly puzzled.

Don't know much at all about bee trips, but I read that they commumicate as one is coming back to the next one. They point their flight path with their body ? in the direction to each other.  The same bees visit the same plants.  Please someone let me know if this is correct.  They have a lot to teach us. 

I think (not know for sure) they dance.  The direction of the dance shows direction relative to the sun and approximate distance. 

Oh they dance all right. I've been fortunate to see them in the hive when I had a hive. My point though was: tho the bees are attracted to e.g. Salvias ... does that automatically follow that they will see the vege flowers or fruit tree flowers? Yes Salvias attract bees but then what?

I think so - otherwise, Earth would only have Salvias (or at least only the salvias in my yard would be pollinated and nothing else).

                                                     Salvia nemorosa ‘Snow Hills’ 35cm x 35cm

                                                      Salvia x jamensis ‘Yellow’ 60cm x 60cm

                                                      Salvia greggii ‘Mesa Azure’ 50cm x 60cm

                                                     Salvia greggii ‘Mesa Purple’ 50cm x 60cm

                                                 Salvia nemorosa ‘Giovanni’ 40 to 45cm x 80cm

                                     Salvia muirii 30cm x 30cm, has been known to grow taller

These are just a hint of some of the Salvias that I have. I can see that if we are going to put multiple photos in here it may be a little difficult as the system doesn't allow too many on one Reply. I will put another couple of Replies in to get some more with pictures on. If anyone would like cutting at any time please let me know and I will take them along to the next GV. Some have just had a haircut.

Look forward to learning and sharing these lovely ornamental and beneficial plants, especially for my bees and butterflies.   My list is slowly growing.  I have an order arriving in the mail, so some of mine will be tiny starters.   A list to follow-


You can paste a graphic inline too, Cathie. Use the 'image' button in the nav bar for the text box - 2nd button from the left.

Thanks so much Elaine.  I don't know why I didn't take more time to look at the reply box more carefully - it's as clear as can be! I was just hasty. Anyway thanks for sharing my pretty flower. I think i'll give it a feed tomorrow and hope that it fills out again.

My apologizes Cathie, I misread your comment you are indeed correct, that is Velvet Pink Salvia. Foot in Mouth...   

Ha Dianne, I had no idea it was actually called that. It is just so velvety - and pink.  It actually hasn't bloomed for a while. It used to be massive and I pulled out heaps of it - now I regret that and am trying to give it some love. It just suckered so much and was big so it shrouded out everything behind it.  My poor salvia - it was beautiful once.


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