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BEE SAGE (also known as SACRED SAGE and WHITE SAGE)
Bee Sage has spectacular spires of white blooms and aromatic silver-white foliage. So it is very distinctive in the garden.
Bees and gardeners love it for long blooming right through summer & autumn.
Both native honey-eating birds, bees and other pollinating insects just love foraging amongst the dainty white trumpet blooms.
While the slender, tall silver shape adds elegance to the garden design.
Salvia apiana has long been treasured as an ancient, sacred herb. Hence the other common name of Sacred Sage.
Because first nation American peoples burnt the leaves for ceremonial purposes and smudge sticks.
Salvia apiana thrives in sun.
It is a very water-wise plant and an ideal choice for gardeners with limited water.
It is also hardy in frost, dry & heat and copes in poor soil.
GROWING: Salvia apiana
Height with flowers: 1.8m High in flower spires
Width: 90cm Wide of slender, pointed silver foliage. Salvia apiana is valuable for outstanding silver foliage colour as well as impressive flower spires.
Bloom Season: Long blooming in spires from early summer.
Fragrance: Foliage is pleasantly and strongly aromatic.
Cut flowers: Not recommended.
Position: Thrives in Full Sun. Suits coastal, hot, dry, or windy gardens, and can tolerate some salt exposure.
Water: Water wise. Drought resistant once established.
Frost: Medium frost tolerance to approx. -5C. depending on conditions.
Soil: Tolerates a wide range of soils – including acid, alkaline and neutral pH. But soil must always be well drained. Particularly suited to sandy soils, gravel and coastal positions, as well as good garden loams.
However, Salvia apiana resents boggy conditions or heavy soils.
Growth: Evergreen perennial with decorative silver foliage. Quick growing for an instant effect.
Container: Hardy & easy in a large pot and remains decorative all year with the silver foliage.
Care & Maintenance: Easy care, low maintenance.
Pests & Diseases: Not usually troubled by pests or diseases.
Pruning: Pruning is not essential.
Though an annual hard cut back after flowering has finished at the end of autumn maintains neat growth for next season.
Fertilizer: Do not over-fertilize. Quality fertilizer, such as Powerfeed, can be applied sparingly in spring. This plant is not a heavy feeder.
We recommend to water in with Seasol at planting, and as a tonic in the growing season.
Bees, Birds & Pollinators: The myriad of summer flowers are a magnet for bees, butterflies, moths and other beneficial pollinators. Because the masses of tiny trumpet blooms are rich in sweet nectar and pollen. But it is the honey eating native birds who provide the floor show. They just can’t resist foraging in those trumpet blooms, performing somersaults to leave no flower unvisited.
Rabbits & Deer Resistance: Unlikely to be bothered by either rabbits or deer, as they dislike the taste of the high concentration of essential oils in the foliage.
Pet Friendly: Not known to cause ill effects for pets.
Quarantine Restriction: None. can be shipped to all states from Di’s Delightful Plants - one of Australia’s largest on-line nursery and mail order plant services.
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