Salvia divinorum | ‘Diviner’s Sage’, ‘Pipiltzintzintli’, ‘Ska Maria Pastora’ | Rooted cutting
Arkham’s Botanical offers well-established, healthy and beautiful Salvia divinorum rooted cuttings, organically grown in the UK and Spain. Join the waiting list if there are currently no cuttings available – this hard-to-find plant usually sells out immediately, but is currently re-stocked every few weeks from our UK grow! We think this just might be another EU exclusive…
Apologies if you keep missing out on this item – the cold weather reduces the number of cuttings we can take/root each time. We will be adding more as it warms up – plus we’re considering adding a pre-order option soon too!
Salvia divinorum is a rare and desirable ornamental cultigen (or hybrid – botanists are currently still undecided) originating from the Sierra Madre Mountains in Oaxaca, Mexico, where it is cultivated by the Mazatec Indians for use in indigenous medicine. There are two distinct strains of Salvia divinorum which are most commonly grown by collectors.
The first, collected by ecologist and psychologist Sterling Bunnell in 1962, is correctly titled for its discoverer (as the ‘Bunnell’ strain), but is perhaps more commonly known by growers as the ‘Wasson-Hofmann’ or ‘Hofmann’ strain (in reference to researchers Robert Gordon Wasson and Albert Hofmann). The second type – known as the ‘Blosser‘ or ‘Palatable‘ strain – was discovered in 1991 by anthropologist Bret Blosser, in Huautla de Jiménez, Mexico. Other Salvia divinorum strains are reported to exist, although published information on these is scarce. They include ‘Appaloosa’, ‘Luna’ (possibly ‘Bunnell’; “isolated from a Hawaiian patch of Salvia divinorum clones, featuring unusually serrated and rounded rather than ovate leaves”) and ‘Paradox’.
Unlike those of many other popular Salvia species grown for their wonderfully vibrant flowers and striking foliage, Salvia divinorum seeds have a very low germination rate. Consequently, most people prefer to grow this amazing species from cuttings. When you receive your cutting, plant it in soil in a pot, lightly water and then create a humidity chamber by securing a clear plastic bag over the pot. Place the plant in a warm (~20° C), light place – strong direct sunlight is not recommended at this point, however. Remove the bag to avoid stagnant air and to mist as necessary every three or four days until the plant is mature enough to harden off to your local climate.
Don’t be alarmed if you receive a cutting with only one or two pairs of tip-growth leaves, as it’s often necessary for us to prune the lower leaves so that it can put all of its energy into establishing itself as a Salvia plant in its own right. It also helps to minimise stress and damage to the plant during the shipping process. Once you’ve got the cutting in soil it will soon start to grow more of its large and beautiful leaves!
Organically grown in the UK – Please allow one week from ordering for us to ship this item
We regret that we cannot sell this plant to customers outside of the European Union, or in Armenia, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
This is due to international regulations. We recommend always checking your local laws before ordering.