Herbs & Plants

Salvia nubicola

Botanical Name: Salvia nubicola
Family: Lamiaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Lamiales
Genus: Salvia
Species: S. nubicola

Synonyms: Salvia glutinosa subsp.

Common Names: Himalayan Yellow Sage, Himalayan Cloud Sage

Habitat: Salvia nubicola is native to a wide region that includes Afghanistan, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, southwest Asia, and Europe. The plant grows at elevations of 2,000 to 4,300 m (6,600 to 14,100 ft) in dry forests, often with Pinus wallichiana, typically growing in large colonies in woodland clearings. It is especially common in the Muktinath Valley, and is used in traditional Tibetan medicine.

Salvia nubicola is a herbaceous perennial plant . It reaches 3 ft (0.91 m) high and wide, growing upright, with fresh-green colored leaves that are triangular shaped, with the largest, approximately 5 in (13 cm), growing at the base of the plant. The petiole is typically about the same length as the leaf blade. The plant puts out numerous 10 in (25 cm) long inflorescences holding pale yellow flowers, in whorls of two to six, that have finely spotted maroon markings on the upper lip.[2] The calyx is bright green, hairy, sticky, and glandular, giving off a medicinal odor when rubbed, described by one author as “resembling the distinct odour of a billy-goat,” all of which cause animals to avoid it in its native habitat.


Salvia nubicola is perfect grown in a woodland setting under a deciduous tree. As this species is taller than many of the other varieties, it is best planted in the garden in a dappled shade or a sunny protected position. Plant with other small shrubs, bulbs and perennials that appreciate similar growing conditions.
*Add a 2-inch layer of mulch around the plant to retain moisture and control weeds.
*Water plants during the summer if rainfall is less than 1 inch per week. …
*Salvia really doesn’t need feeding during the season.
*To encourage continuous blooms throughout the season, deadhead spent flowers periodically.

Usually by tip cuttings/ new shoots taken in late spring before the flower stems appear. Seed is also an option, sowing fresh seed to get better results with germination.

Medicinal Uses:Salvia nubicola has been used for the treatment of different kinds of disorders including seizure, ulcers, gout, rheumatism, inflammation, dizziness, tremor, paralysis, diarrhea, and hyperglycemia.
(Antioxidant, Cytotoxic, and Anti-cancerous activities are recently identified.)

Disclaimer : The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplement, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.


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