This species was previously known as Salvia africana-lutea, however, according to the rules of botanical nomenclature, hyphenated names should not be used.
The first part of the old species name, africana, means ‘of Africa’ which is the plant’s origin and the second part, lutea, means ‘golden’. This has now been replaced by aurea still meaning ‘golden’.
The name Salvia is derived from the Latin ‘salvere’ meaning to save or heal, and refers to the medicinal properties of some species.
Common names: dune sage (Eng.); geelblomsalie (Afr.)
This shrub is easily recognisable in Steenbok at all times of the year but more so at flowering / seeding times.
Firstly because of its size – they can reach 2m and is very fast growing. They are used as a pioneer shrubs, often being the first to appear after a fire. They are also able to protect more tender species from fires and harsh conditions once they are big enough. They are resilient and rewarding shrubs able to withstand harsh conditions.
Secondly because of its colour – soft silvery-grey leaves, which are aromatic are growing from woolly stems, bring a lovely colour contrast to the park. Thanks to its thick-ish leathery leaves, it can retain water and therefore does very well in our hot climate.