Golden Sage Care: How To Grow A Golden Sage Plant
The plant genus name is Salvia. The species name is Salvia officinalis. The scientific name means “Salvian sage”. The species comes from the area around the Mediterranean Sea (Sicily).
There are two other species of sage, but they are not commonly used in medicine. They are called Salvinia and Sophora . The first one is native to North America, while the second one is native to Asia. Both species have similar medicinal properties.
Golden sage plants grow in the desert regions of Southern California and Nevada. These plants are usually found near streams or water sources where they get their water from. They prefer dry areas like deserts, mountains and hillsides because it provides them with plenty of moisture and protection from heat and sun.
Golden sage grows to about 10 feet tall. It is a fast growing shrub that needs lots of sunlight and water. If left alone, it will grow into a large tree, which would provide shade for its neighbors. When grown in containers, it prefers well drained soil with regular watering.
However, if grown outdoors in full sun it does best when watered only once every three days during hot weather.
There are three types of golden sage, which grow in warm regions. They are Salvia mellifera, also known as Mexican bush sage, Roughleaf Sage or Texas Sage, Salvia mellifera var. fernbridge, also known as Fernbridge Snowbush and Salvia mellifera var. turkestanica, also known as Turkestan Sage.
When grown indoors or outdoors golden sage plants don’t usually suffer from disease and pests. They may suffer from aphids, whiteflies, spider mites and mealybugs. To get rid of these pests, you can use insecticidal soaps or neem oil. You can also get a pesticide with a low dose of malathion.
When grown indoors, golden sages can flower all year round as they are not affected by seasonal changes. When grown outdoors, they bloom in late summer and fall and occasionally during spring and winter.
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