Lindenleaf sage

Lindenleaf sage

Salvia tiliifolia

Common Name:

Lindenleaf sage

Scientific Name:

Salvia tiliifolia


Alternative common names:

Tarahumara chia

Description:

Leaves are used to kill lice. It can also be used to make a refreshing drink by soaking the roasted and ground seed in water. It is sometimes mixed with barley water. The leaves are used to kill lice.

Additional Information


Where does this species come from?

Indigenous to Central America.

What is its invasive status in South Africa?

NEMBA 2020 Category 1b

Where does this species come from?

Indigenous to Central America.

Where in South Africa is it a problem?

Gauteng, North West, Mpumalanga, and Kwazulu Natal.

How does it spread?

By birds and mammals, by seed sown in spring.

Why is it a problem?

It competes with and has the potential to replace indigenous species. It forms dense stands under tree canopies and it invades roadsides, rocky hillsides, and urban open space and prefers moist sites.

What does it look like?

Leaves: They are simple lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets and the edge of the leaf blade has teeth.

Flowers: Flowers tiny, corolla 5 - 10 mm long, blue, clustered in false whorls in unbranched racemes up to 250 mm long

Fruit/seeds: Calyx elongating to 10 mm in fruit, enclosing 3-angled nutlets.

Does the plant have any uses?

Leaves are used to kill lice. It can also be used to make a refreshing drink by soaking the roasted and ground seed in water. It is sometimes mixed with barley water. The leaves are used to kill lice.

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