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Salvia radula

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(Scrappy African Sage) Although not well known in U.S. nurseries, this fragrant sage with luminous white flowers is highly desirable for hot, sunny areas in USDA Zones 8 to 10. Native to the botanically rich mountains of South Africa, it grows at elevations up to 6,200 feet.
Price: $11.50
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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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Scrappy African Sage
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
24"+/24"+/26"+
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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Blue Tag Plant
This plant is sensitive to overwatering and wet soils.
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(Scrappy African Sage) Although not well known in U.S. nurseries, this fragrant sage with luminous white flowers is highly desirable for hot, sunny areas in USDA Zones 8 to 10. Native to the botanically rich mountains of South Africa, it grows at elevations up to 6,200 feet.

Scrappy African Sage is a herbaceous perennial that is closely related and similar in appearance to Salvia disermas, another white-flowered South African species. "Scrappy," as well as the scientific appellation "radula," refer to the roughness of this drought-tolerant sage's hairy, lance-shaped leaves.

Growing anywhere from 2 to 5 feet tall with an average spread of 3 feet, Scrappy African Sage needs well-drained soil and prefers average watering depending on local conditions. However, it is ideal for dry gardens where it can be used in borders and for edging paths. It is also a longtime medicinal herb in South Africa and the subject of medical research concerning its anti-malarial and anti-bacterial properties.

The climate in much of South Africa is Mediterranean, which means wet winters and dry summers. So Scrappy African Sage grows particularly well in similar coastal climates. We highly recommend this sage for its beauty, toughness and adaptability to a new home by the sea.

Many thanks to Brent Barnes for this fine photograph.