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Salvia africana-caerulea

   (Family: Lamiaceae)
Afrikaans: Blousalie, bloublomsalie, Afrikaansesalie, perdesalie, wildesalie English: Blue sage, wild sage, African sage, purple sage  EDIT
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Plant Type: EDIT  Shrub
Height: 2m
Special properties:
  Drought Resistant (heavy)
  Frost Tolerant (heavy)
  Has Medicinal Uses
Rarity Status:
Preferred altitude: 0 - 600m
Preferred position:
Full Sun
Tolerated soil:  
  Sand (coarse texture, drains easily),
Clay (fine texture, holds a lot of water)
pH: neutral
Flowering time EDIT
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Flower colours
  Flower info
  Blue to bluish-purple
  Leaf scent
  Strongly aromatic
  Leaf info EDIT
  Seed info EDIT
Description EDIT
Salvia africana-caerulea is a soft, greyish, hairy, much-branched shrub. The leaves are greenish on the upper surface, covered with grey hairs and dotted with glands on the lower surface, strongly aromatic, simple, opposite, obovate (egg-shaped but broader towards the tip) and sometimes toothed.
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Distribution EDIT
History EDIT
early settlers in South Africa to treat stomach troubles, including colic, diarrhoea, flatulence, heartburn, gripes and indigestion.
The Khoisan people used S. africana-caerulea to treat coughs, colds and women's ailments.
Margaret Roberts recipe for sage tea is to pour one cup of boiling water over one tablespoon of fresh leaves, allow to draw for 5 minutes, sweeten with honey and add a slice of lemon for taste. To ease a cough, including whooping cough, sip a little frequently. To treat colds, flu and chest ailments and for painful or excessive menstruation, drink half a cup four times a day. The tea is also an excellent gargle for sore throats and night coughing. Even chewing a fresh leaf will ease a sore throat and help restore a lost voice. This tea can also be used externally as a mildly antiseptic wash. A stronger brew using one tablespoon of fresh leaves chopped into one tablespoon of honey and two tablespoons of lemon juice makes a soothing cough mixture for a persistent cough: take one tablespoon every half hour until the cough eases.
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  • Roberts, M. 1990. Indigenous healing plants. Southern Book Publishers, Halfway House, South Africa.  


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