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Salvia aucheri

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(Turkish Tea Sage) Sometimes an attractive plant is also medically powerful. That's true of the lavender flowered Salvia aucheri, which has strong white beelines. This Turkish native is consumed as an ingredient in teas used as folk remedies for many problems, including abdominal bloating and infections.

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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
Common name
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Turkish Tea Sage
USDA Zones
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6 - 9
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
18"/18"/24"
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun
Soil type
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Well drained
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
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(Turkish Tea Sage) Sometimes an attractive plant is also medically powerful. That's true of the lavender flowered Salvia aucheri, which has strong white beelines. This Turkish native is consumed as an ingredient in teas used as folk remedies for many problems, including abdominal bloating and infections.

Turkish Tea Sage has aromatic foliage with mid-green, lance-shaped leaves. The fragrance comes from essential oils that make it one of a number of Mediterranean Salvias attracting scientific research concerning health and industrial benefits. It also attracts lots of attention from bees. Similar to most sages, it doesn't appeal to deer.

As a subshrub, Turkish Tea Sage has characteristics of both a perennial and a shrub. It combines soft herbaceous foliage, which dies back in winter, along with woody growth.

Although Salvia aucheri responds well to a bit of supplemental watering based on local conditions, it is a drought-resistant sage. It loves full sun and tolerates both heat and cold. This is a plant that can handle climatic extremes, but make sure that its soil is well drained.

English botanist George Bentham (1800-1884) named Salvia aucheri in 1836 for French botanist Pierre Martin Rémi Aucher-Éloy (1792-1838). Aucher-Éloy is the first person on record in the Kew Royal Botanic Gardens herbarium for collecting the plant, which can still be found in Parisian gardens.

Before consuming any herbal product for medicinal purposes, be sure to consult your physician.