Brown Salvia (Salvia africana-lutea) in the Salvias Database

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Botanical names:
Salvia africana-lutea Accepted
Salvia aurea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 5 feet
Plant Spread: 4 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Russet
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late winter or early spring
Late spring or early summer
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Provide light
Days to germinate: 10-14 days to germinate
Depth to plant seed: Surface sow
Suitable for wintersowing
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip


Brown Salvia (Salvia africana-lutea) was a featured
Plant of the Day for April 11, 2016.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 2:06 PM

"Salvia africana-lutea (Beach salvia, Dune salvia, Golden salvia, Bruin- of sandsalie, Geelblomsalie) is a shrubby evergreen perennial native to coastal sand dunes and hills on the coast of the Cape Province in South Africa. It has numerous woody stems growing to more than 1 m in height and width, with sparse grey-green leaves. The flowers start out as a bright yellow, turning into a rusty color, with the dark rusty-colored calyx persisting long after fruiting begins.

S. africana-lutea was used by early European settlers to treat colds, tuberculosis, and chronic bronchitis. Traditional indigenous healers use it for respiratory ailments, influenza, gynaecological complaints, fever, headaches and digestive disorders."

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Apr 1, 2013 12:15 AM

Salvia aurea was previously known as Salvia africana-lutea.

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