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Plant description:

Striking brown flowers are a feature of this attractive shrub, appear during spring and summer. Fairly drought resistant, this is a good rockery plant. It is not fussy about soil but must have good drainage. It is reasonably fast growing with aromatic, grey-green foliage. S. chamelaegna ‘Bloublommetjiesalie’ is a smallish, hardy shrub with clusters of blue flowers in summer.

Family: Lamiaceae

Synonym: Salvia aurea

Botanical Pronunciation: SAL-vee-uh af-ri-KAHN-uh loo-TEE-uh

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Botanical name

Salvia africana-lutea

Plant Care




The Salvia africana-lutea has rather striking brown flowers.

Common name(s)

Beach or golden salvia



This shrub has fragrant grey leaves.

Uses in landscape design

A lovely shrub for coastal gardens and rockeries, or in a mixed shrub border for colour contrast. The flowers attract both sugarbirds and butterflies. Fairly drought resistant.

Drought tolerance


Planting instructions

Planting: It has no particular soil requirements but must have good drainage. Dig a hole 60cm square and deep. Mix two thirds of topsoil with one third compost in the bottom of the hole, add a cup of bone meal or superphosphate and mix well.
Watering and feeding:  It does not need a lot of attention. Provide water during dry weather, and feed with a general fertiliser for flowering plants in spring and midsummer, watering in well.
Pruning: Prune back in winter to neaten the bush and to keep a compact shape.

Soil conditions

It is not fussy about soil but must have good drainage.

Other languages

Bruinsalie (A)

Plant features

Attracts birds , butterflies, Fragrant/ scented foliage , Indigenous/ Native to South Africa

The Salvia africana-lutea has rather striking brown flowers.

This shrub has fragrant grey leaves.

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