Salvia was the flower of the month for January 2021. Some further information can be seen below:
There are over 700 species within the genus Salvia. Salvia officinalis is common sage that we love so much with chicken and salvia spendens is that red Bunnings annual salvia that self seeds so well you only ever have to buy it once.
The perennial salvias which come in every colour possible and grow so well in Coffs have an added benefit – they attract some interesting bees.
A number of Salvia species are used for culinary (see left S.elegans which is usually grown for its pineapple-scented leaves) and medicinal purposes. The genus name is derived from the Latin salvare, meaning to heal or save. Although it might be best to stay away from S.divinorumwhich which is a psychoactive plant which can induce visions and other altered and spiritual experiences!
Cultivation: most Salvia are best grown in full sun and they require a well-drained position. Generally, the shrubby plants dislike heavy wet soils, however they seem to cope with Coffs Coast conditions. Propagation is dead easy from soft-wood cuttings taken throughout the growing season.