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Scientific Name: Salvia hierosolimitana

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Salvia hierosolimitana
Salvia hierosolimitana


  • Perennial
  • 'Hierosolymitana' is related to the Greek word "hieros," which means holy and the Latin name for Jerusalem, 'Hierosolyma.'
  • Jerusalem sage is a rare variety of sage that is native to the eastern Mediterranean.
  • It grows in Cyprus, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and the West Bank.
  • Jerusalem sage is a herbaceous perennial that forms a 60 cm wide mound of basal leaves and it can grow up to 60cm tall.
  • Wine-red flowers are borne in whorls loosely spaced along the stems with 2-6 flowers per whorl.
  • The leaves, stems and floral bracts are covered with small hairs and the stems and bracts are often a strongly tinged red.
  • Jerusalem Sage needs full sun and is heat and drought tolerant.
  • It is hardy to -12°C and prefers dryish soil.

Culinary Uses

  • The leaves are used by Palestinian Arabs as a food wrapper similar to the way grape leaves are used.

Parts Used

  • The leaves.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Though several sources state that Jerusalem sage has no known medicinal uses, recent studies suggest that the leaves have valuable topical anti-inflammatory properties.
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