Sage oakwood: description and cultivation basis
Medicinal plants are valued for their properties. And when you can grow them with little effort at home or in your garden, then you can easily replace them with drugs.
Sage as a medicinal plant
It has long been believed that this plant has not only magical, but also medicinal properties. Salvia oakwood is also called sage forest. The flowering period of this plant falls on the first months of June and ends approximately in September. Many people who were believed to have magical powers used this herb in the process of purifying dwellings and homes, as well as creating potions that cause warm feelings of sympathy and love to the creator.
But today this plant is valued more for its medicinal properties. Due to its composition sage oakwood has many useful properties. To create a variety of decoctions and tinctures used leaves of this plant.They can be prepared for the winter. On average, their shelf life is about one and a half years. Such drugs and preparations have anti-inflammatory, anti-toxic, soothing properties, tone the blood vessels and are good antiseptics.
Sage oakwood: photos and varieties
Among the sage, this species has the most varieties. The most famous are:
The first of these varieties has rather long and branched stems, as well as oblong leaves, slightly wrinkled and with a sharp top. This variety blooms with small beaters with purple and violet-blue flowers in the period from the first months of summer and up to the first month of autumn.
Salvia oakwood Mainacht has also purple-blue flowers, like the previous variety. Stems are quite long, can reach 0.6-0.7 m. The leaves also have a long oblong shape. The period of flowering in this variety can take place several times a year. At the same time, it loves sunshine and not bad carries the cold pores of the year.
Sage oakwood Schwellenburg varieties stands out among the rest with its purple and red flowers. At the same time, the inflorescences are slightly different from other varieties, since they have larger sizes.The flowering period lasts a long time - it can last up to two months, although it can be extended independently, if those flowers that already die die in time can be cut. Most often, this variety can be found in the gardens as an ornamental plant.
Medicinal properties of the plant
This type of plant is mainly used in the same way as its counterpart with a stronger effect - sage. It has a fairly strong anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. The leaves of this plant help to fight many ailments and are part of a variety of medicinal fees. But they also use fresh, plucked leaves of this plant for local use.In this case, it can help with various skin diseases, wounds, ulcers. It is also used as a seasoning in cooking. Various tinctures, decoctions, ointments and oils are prepared from the dried leaves, which have a good strengthening effect, relieve inflammation, improve the digestive process and have an antidiabetic effect.
Growing plants at home
This plant can be grown with little effort and at home.It is unlikely that someone has problems to grow at home sage oakwood. Photos of this plant are often found among amateur flower growers. In order to ensure good conditions for him should:
- arrange a good drainage pot (for this you can use perlite);
- watering should not be every day, but at the same time, quite abundant;
- good lighting should be at least 6-8 hours a day;
- do not make a pot with a plant in the drafts, because it does not like them;
- recommended once a month to arrange a sage shower.
Grow in the garden
In general, the oak sage, planting and caring for him does not take much time and effort. Before planting fresh air in the garden, it should be prepared. The process of growing sage begins with soaking the seeds, after which they are planted in separate pots. There the plants should live at least a couple of months. Moreover, before transplanting pots with sage should often be carried to the balcony in order to gradually prepare it for disembarkation. The best period for planting this plant in open ground are the last weeks of May and the first weeks of June.
To choose the right plot, you should know what conditions are favorable and what sage oakwood loves. A description of the conditions in which it grows in nature is the best helper. For example, since this plant in nature is most often found in mountainous areas, it will feel good on loamy soils. The marshy areas are not suitable for him at all.
The site where this plant should "live" should be well lit, and the soil enriched with fertilizers: nitrogenous, which is usually used in the spring, and phosphorus-potassium.
Salvia oakwood: care
Caring for such a plant is a few simple rules. First, it should be watered in time. At the same time watering should not be too strong, the soil around should be not quite wet, but wet. The best time for watering are morning or evening hours. If you water in the afternoon, the noonday sun can burn the leaves, which is bad for the whole plant.
The second important rule is the timely loosening of the soil. Every 1.5-2 months, pruning of shoots should be done, but this procedure should not be done during the flowering of the plant.The collection of plants for harvesting it as a medicinal raw material is best done immediately after the start of flowering.