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Scientific Name: Salvia africana lutea 'purple'

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Salvia africana lutea 'purple'
Salvia africana lutea 'purple'


  • Perennial
  • A hardy, indigenous shrub that can grow up to 1.5m tall.
  • Purple Sage looks the same than Brown Sage (Salvia africana-lutea) but ...
  • The aromatic greyish-green leaves are a little smaller and the flowers are purple.
  • Draught tolerant, needs full sun and prune to keep it neat.
  • It is a good windbreak.

Culinary Uses

  • Delicious in cooking.
  • Good substitute for Garden Sage.
  • Use in vegetable and pasta dishes, chicken, stews, roasts and in sauces.
  • Add a sprig and fish it out before serving - it will imparts a delicious flavour but the sprig itself is bitter to eat.
  • Use the flowers as a garnish in salads.

Parts Used

  • The leaves, sprigs and flowers.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Tea for coughs, colds and stomach ailments.

For Animals. It is said that

  • The leaves are useful in potpourri, keeping their shape, colour and much of their fragrance.
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