Herb: Jupiter's Distaff

Latin name: Salvia glutinosa

Family: Labiatae

Edible parts of Jupiter's Distaff:

The aromatic leaves are used as a flavouring in country wines.

Description of the plant:


120 cm
(4 feet)

July to


Habitat of the herb:

Scrub and moist places in deciduous forests.

Other uses of Jupiter's Distaff:

An aromatic gum is obtained from the plant. No details are given of an uses for this gum. Plants can be grown as a ground cover when spaced about 75cm apart each way. They are useful for colonizing large areas.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season.

Cultivation of Jupiter's Distaff:

Scrub and moist places in deciduous forests.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Salvia glutinosa:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.