Rusty Sage

Salvia lanceolata

With downy gray foliage and unusual dull rosy brownish-colored flowers, this sage is suitable as a specimen plant or as an informal shrub border in fynbos gardens, coastal gardens, water-wise gardens, or as an interesting addition to the herb garden. It does well in rockeries, on slopes, and also does well in containers. Traditionally used in medicine in Southern Africa to treat a variety of ailments, and as disinfectant antiseptic wash for skin infections and wounds.

Water: Regular water, but not from overhead

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Perennial shrub 2' by 4' wide

Light: Full Sun to Light Shade

Soil: Well-draining and sandy soil

Origin: South Africa

Additional Characteristics: Good in Containers

Rusty Sage