Salvia is one of the popular aromatic herbs. It is used to flavour food and for healing in herbal medicine.
Water young plants regularly, then keep on the dry side.
Pot the seedlings on when 2 inches high into 3 inch pots and stand in sunny window. Keep them well watered, potting on as required into 5 inch pots.
Propagate in late Summer by division of roots, by cuttings and from seeds sown in Spring in loam based compost.
Grow Salvia in window boxes or pots in sunny position and in well drained soil. When planting into large tub, pinch off flowers to encourage leaves development.
A leaf infusion benefits sore throats and thickly coughs. Not to be taken internally during pregnancy.
When Salvia is 4-5 inches high, pinch out the growing tip to encourage bushiness. After 3-4 years, plants become leggy and are best replaced in Spring with fresh ones.
Salvia mixes with Mint and Silver Rue make a rich decorative and aromatic display of foliage.
In heat, make a gravel mulch to keep roots cool.
The earth has more than 80,000 species of edible plants.