Salvia divinorum is native to the Sierra Mazateca in the Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is still cultivated by the Mazatec natives.

 

Characteristics

  • Over 500 salvia species are native to South America and Mexico.
  • Commonly known as Diviners sage, the stem is angular, bearing aromatic foliage, with toothed leaf edges.
  • Some species bear tiny, hair-like trichomes in the stems and leaves, which help in reducing water loss.
  • As far as flower color is concerned, Salvia d. produces absolutely beautiful, large lavender/purple flower pikes.
  • They are heat and drought tolerant, and thrive in US hardiness zones 3 through 9.
  • They are excellent for growing as ground covers or in garden beds and borders where sunlight is limited.
  • They grow 5 or more feet in height and about 2 or more foot in width if pruned.
  • When blooming in groups, they are eye-catchers in any garden layout, and are low maintenance. What’s more? They attract bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds in the garden.

 

Cultivation

  • The soil should be prepared in such a way that it is moist, well-drained, and rich in nutrients. Waterlogged soil is strictly not recommended for maintaining healthy Salvia d. plants.
  • You can plant salvia d. in spring time (After last frost where applicable). Before planting, add a heavy dose of farmyard compost, plus plenty of Perlite, and loosen the soil up to a depth of about 12―15 inches. Make a planting hole larger than the root ball and place the plant without damaging the root system.
  • Fill the hole with your prepared soil (with Perlite), and gently press the soil around the main stem.
  • Similarly, plant the remaining salvia d. plants, leaving a space of about 2―3 feet between the plants. Water the salvia plants thoroughly after planting.
  • Laying a mulch layer and supplementing the soil with organic compost with added Perlite in the spring is super helpful. For best results, water them to about 1-inch per week or a bit more, or if they show signs of any drooping leaves.
  • If required, prune the stems to promote development of new flower buds.

Grow Salvia divinorum plants fill the shaded area of your garden with the heady beauty of the deep green salvia d. leaves. You will also get to enjoy the beautiful flowers for a long period in the fall. Salvia divinorum blooms are also excellent for using as cut flowers.

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