Herb: Balsamic Sage
Latin name: Salvia tomentosa
Synonyms: Salvia grandiflora
Edible parts of Balsamic Sage:The leaves are used as a condiment. A tea is made from the plant. In England this tea used to be preferred to that of all other sage teas.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Often found with Pinus brutia, Pinus nigra and Quercus pubescens in macchie, on limestone or igneous slopes to 2000 metres in Turkey.
Propagation of Balsamic Sage:Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season.
Cultivation of the herb:Often found with Pinus brutia, Pinus nigra and Quercus pubescens in macchie, on limestone or igneous slopes to 2000 metres in Turkey.
Medicinal use of Balsamic Sage:None known
Known hazards of Salvia tomentosa:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.