I have seen the small greyish leaves of the Brown Sage (Salvia Africana-lutea) in passing, but this is the first time I have photographed the golden-brown flowers. The unusual colour is intriguing and rather beautiful when seen on the plant as opposed to an illustration in a field guide. It is a plant that flourishes along the South African coast, from Namaqualand to the Eastern Cape.

The flowers contain a lot of nectar and so are attractive to bees, moths and sunbirds. This hardy plant is fairly drought-resistant and worthy of finding a place in coastal gardens. This specimen was photographed on the campus of Rhodes University.


10 thoughts on “BROWN SAGE

    • They are rather attractive in their own right. I have probably ‘dismissed’ them in the past while driving past, but actually stopping to look at these plants, to feel them and smell them makes all the difference. I am pleased to have introduced you to the Brown Sage 🙂


  1. Those flowers seem to be a version of the color of a jacket I loved as a little girl, called “burnt orange.” I don’t think I’ve ever had a flower that color in my garden, but I imagine it would be easiest to appreciate as a specimen or accent plant – and if the birds and insects were enjoying it I would, too!
    So many of our California nurseries are breeding plants from the Southern Hemisphere, and I’m always seeing new salvias offered, so I’ll keep my eyes open for this one!


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