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Common Name: Balsamic Sage
Salvia tomentosa is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
E. Europe to W. Asia.
Often found with Pinus brutia, Pinus nigra and Quercus pubescens in macchie, on limestone or igneous slopes to 2000 metres in Turkey[
Requires a well-drained soil in a sunny position[
As hardy as the common sage, S. officinalis[
], to which it is closely related[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
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[
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[