Salvia apiana


Lamiaceae (family name)

Forage for Pollinators: Produces Nectar which is accessible by Honeybees, short and long-tongued Bumblebees such as the common carder bee (Bombus pascuorum) and the garden bumblebee (Bombus hortorum) and Solitary bees, such as the blue mason bee (Osmia caerulescens) – the female of which has hint of metallic blue on her rear. Pollinated by bees.
Flowering time: July-September.
Growing information: EVERGREEN SHRUB growing to 3 m (9ft 10in). We are busy trying to encourage a sub-species which will survive in our cold and damp UK climate; the best we can hope for is that it may survive in the South of UK. Hopefully our 2016 generation will show hardiness traits which the US species lacks. It is drought tolerant, and especially does not like water-logging. Soft, downy white-green fragrant leaves. As its species name implies (apiana- pertaining to bees), in California, honeybees love this and will zoom in on its white to purple flowers to make a clear, pale, superfine honey. Bumblebees also love this plant. Native Americans have several uses from: seeds used to make porridge; leaves used in cooking or crushed and mixed with water to create a shampoo, dye, and hair-straightener; and considered sacred, it is used to make ‘smudge sticks’ with the leaves, for purification by burning them. Medicinally, its tea is a stomach tonic or for sore throats. It is noted for attracting wildlife.