Sage, Dan-shen miltiorrhiza (Salvia miltiorrhiza), packet of 30 seeds, organic

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$3.95

Family:  Mint (Lamiaceae)

Hardy to Zone 9 to 12

(Tan-shen or Dan-shen, Chinese Red Sage, sometimes misspelled multiorrhiza) Herbaceous perennial native to Manchuria.  This is the official species.  Traditional usage (TCM): circulation stimulant, antistroke, atherosclerosis, menstrual woes.  Source of the molecule known as tanshinone. Plant prefers garden soil, sun to part shade, and regular watering.  The herb itself is comely, with blue flowers that express for quite a long time during the summer, and red roots, which are characteristic to the plant (and several other sages like it).  Excellent choice for herb gardens throughout the temperate north and a show plant for sure.  Sow in fast-draining soil in the full sun.  Gratifyingly easy germinator–sow in spring and work up in pots before transplanting to the landscape. Space plants 2 feet apart.

30 seeds/pkt., Certified Organically Grown

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  1. One person found this helpful
    appalachiatreecrops

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Growing great in zone 6 Pennsylvania

    appalachiatreecrops

    I purchased seeds and grew them out in zone 7 central Maryland. These plants developed beautiful flowers that the bees loved and even reseeded on the bare ground around the mother plants! I have since moved to south-central Pennsylvania and transplanted them into pots. Even with our brutal winter (2016/17) with minus 2-degree Fahrenheit the plants have started new growth and look unphased. Really amazing plant. Thank you!

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    Nicole

    If I lived in zone six could this live as a potted plant outside? Also, how long does it take to be able to use the roots for medicine?

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    • Richo Cech

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      Hi there, If potted, then keep outside spring to fall and bring inside for the winter. The roots will be ready by the end of the first growing season. Thick red roots are what you want, if you see these, then go for it. r

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    • Bob

      Looking for a sage to grow in irrigated, leeward Maui garden for teas/medicinal and as a bee & beneficial insect nectar source. Suggestions?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Bob, Sages are usually considered a bit strong-tasting for tea use. I do get good reports from Hawaiians on use of TULSI for exactly the purposes you describe. You might be able to grow some of the California sages which would be cool–purple sage, black sage, white sage–all of these do well in climates that do not freeze–other sages like the most commonly used “tea” sage (garden sage Salvia officinalis) really want a cold cycle–I’m growing all the aforementioned California sages here this year and have had good results with them. Richo

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