Jupiter’s Distaff (Salvia glutinosa)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Jupiter's Distaff
Salvia glutinosa

An aromatic gum is obtained from the plant[244]. No details are given of an uses for this gum[K].

Plants can be grown as a ground cover when spaced about 75cm apart each way[208]. They are useful for colonizing large areas[208].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    The aromatic leaves are used as a flavouring in country wines[183].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow March/April in a greenhouse[200]. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in the summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[200].
Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position[200]. Succeeds in any good soil in full sun or partial shade[187]. Plants can be grown in quite coarse grass, which can be cut annually in the autumn[233]. Plants are hardy to about -20¡c[187]. During the summer the whole plant becomes covered in a tacky substance like a fragrant gum[245]. This species has a running root system and can spread freely[233]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233].
Europe to W. Asia.

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