Common Name: Blackcurrant Sage
Blackcurrant sage is a densely-branched, evergreen perennial plant, more or less woody at the base, growing about 1.2 metres tall[
The plant is often grown in herb gardens, where it is used as a flavouring and febrifuge.
Central America - Guatemala, north through Mexico to Arizona in N. America.
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant usually of higher elevations in the tropics, occasionally descending as low as 1,200 metres. This species is rather variable with a number of sub-species and cultivars of differing hardiness[
]. The hardiest forms tolerate temperatures down to about -10°c[
Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a warm sunny position[
]. Prefers a rich soil[
]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[
The flowers are very attractive to bees, providing a good source of nectar[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The leaves have a pleasant scent of blackcurrant and can be used fresh or dried as a flavouring.
A herbal tea, called 'mirot de montes', is made from the leaves[
An infusion of the flowers and leaves have been used in the treatment of fevers[
Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse[
]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[
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