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Scientific Name: Salvia muirii
Alternative Names: Wildesalie (Afr)

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  • Perennial
  • Salvia muirii is an indigenous sage growing along a narrow strip following the northern foothills of the Langeberg near Riversdale to the Great Brak River near Mossel Bay.
  • It is a long-lived evergreen shrub that grows up to 30cm high.
  • Salvia muirii has small olive-green leaves - when crushed, the leaves are slightly sticky and release a light medicinal scent that is reminiscent of Vicks.
  • Spikes of intense blue flowers with white lips, are borne on short stems from mid-summer to autumn.
  • It is a very tough plant that is drought tolerant, almost pest free and frost doesn’t bother it at all.
  • A well-drained sunny position would suit.
  • To encourage compact bushy growth, it should be pruned lightly throughout the year and fed regularly with an organic fertilizer.
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