Salvia divinorum is a perennial herb and is also known as Diviner’s Sage, ska María Pastora and Seer’s sage and belongs to the genus Salvia. It is a psychoactive plant, was used by older civilizations, and consequently, in some places it is banned.This herb can grow up to a height of one meter. Its stems are square in shape and hollow with leaves that are large and flowers that are white in color with violet calyx.
This is used in spiritual conditions as a healer in some areas. This plant needs full sun and grows in hardy zones of 7-11. It prefers clay to loamy soil. It likes dry conditions. It is attractive to many wildlife species like bumblebees, hummingbirds, wasps and hawk moths. It is used to make tea and it helps to decrease sweating, salivation, and mucous secretions in the sinuses, throat, and lungs.
Its seeds can be made flour and used to make porridge and its leaves are used as flavoring in cooking. Leaves are eaten, smoked and used as a remedy for colds.
It is used as a border and an ornamental plant. It is ideal for butterfly gardens.
Growing conditions of Salvia apiana:
• This plant needs full sun and so select such a location.
• It grows in hardy zones of 7-11.
• It is preferable the location be beside a rock wall or beside the house for the warmth.
• This plant needs warmth and so plant it after the last frost in the spring.
• The sage should be sown in March in a pot.
• A hole of one foot square need to dig and it should be at least 6 inches in depth.
• Clear the hole from other roots etc.
• Place the compost in the hole at the bottom about an inch.
• Above the compost add pebbles to ensure draining.
• Above the pebbles one inch of sand should be spread.
• Now add the soil and add water of about one quarter.
• Repeat the layer until the hole is full.
• Now make a hole of about two inches deep and 3 inches square.
• Place the white sage plant in it.
• Push the soil and cover the roots until about one inch of stem is covered.
• Water this plant on alternate days for a week.
• This plant likes dry conditions.
• Pinch off the top of the stem to ensure new growth after 4 weeks.
Care for Salvia apiana:
• The sage should be sown in March.
• Wash the seeds initially but not later.
• Transplant the seedlings at the end of the April.
• Add compost while planting.
• This plant needs about an hour of sunshine minimum daily.
• Prune the old leaves in the fall season.
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