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Salvia multicaulis is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
W. Asia - Iran to Turkey.
Dry scrub, steppe and rocky limestone slopes to 2600 metres[
Requires a very well-drained fertile sandy soil in a sunny position[
]. Soils rich in nitrogen encourage excessive leaf growth at the expense of flowering[
Hardy to about -25°c[
]. Another report says that the plant only tolerates temperatures down to about -10°c[
]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet.
A low-growing plant forming mats[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The plant is used as a condiment for tea or is prepared as a tea in boiling water[
The aromatic leaves are a good substitute for common sage (Salvia officinalis) in cooking[
Seed - sow early to mid spring 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[