Jame Sage Salvia × jamensis

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Salvia × jamensis orange pink


Salvia × jamensis, commonly known as Jame Sage, is a visually striking plant due to its vibrant flowers and attractive foliage. The flowers present a spectrum of colors, often found in shades of pink, red, purple, or orange, and bloom in small but showy clusters. They are tubular in shape, which is a typical characteristic of the sage family, making them highly appealing to pollinators like bees and hummingbirds. The flower stems rise above the foliage, giving the plant a layered look. The leaves of Jame Sage are equally noteworthy with their textured surface, showcasing a slightly wrinkled or veined appearance. They are typically green, sometimes with a hint of gray due to a fine layer of hair, which also gives them a soft, almost velvety touch. The foliage is aromatic, releasing a pleasant fragrance when bruised or rubbed, which is characteristic of many sage varieties. Jame Sage has a bushy growth habit that contributes to its ornamental appeal. Its structure is comprised of numerous stems that create a dense, rounded form. The plant's overall appearance strikes a fine balance between its decorative flowers and lush foliage, making it a favorite amongst gardeners looking to add a touch of color and texture to their landscape.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Jame Sage, James' Sage, Jamensis Sage.

    • Common names

      Salvia × jamensis

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Jame Sage (Salvia × jamensis) typically does not present significant toxicity to humans. In fact, many Salvia species are used in cooking and for medicinal purposes. However, as with any plant, individual allergies or sensitivities could potentially cause reactions in some people. There is no widely recognized concern for serious toxicity or poisoning from ingestion. Therefore, adverse effects from Jame Sage are unlikely, but if symptoms were to occur after ingestion, they might be related to a personal sensitivity.

    • To pets

      Jame Sage (Salvia × jamensis) is also not known to be significantly toxic to pets. While there are many plants that can pose risks to pets if ingested, Jame Sage is generally not considered one of them. It's always prudent, however, to monitor pets around plants, as individual animals may have different reactions, and excessive consumption of any non-food plant material can sometimes cause gastrointestinal upset such as vomiting or diarrhea in pets.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Spread

      2 feet (0.61 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts Pollinators: Salvia x jamensis, commonly known as Jame Sage, is highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects, supporting biodiversity.
    • Drought Tolerance: Jame Sage is known for its ability to withstand dry conditions once established, making it ideal for water-wise gardens and xeriscaping.
    • Low Maintenance: This plant is relatively easy to care for, requiring minimal attention once established, which can save time and resources for gardeners.
    • Aesthetic Appeal: With a variety of colors and a pleasant form, Jame Sage can add visual interest to garden design and enhance the overall aesthetic of a landscape.
    • Fragrance: Jame Sage emits a pleasant scent that can enrich the sensory experience of a garden space.
    • Long Blooming Period: It has a long flowering season, providing color and vitality to gardens for an extended period.
    • Edging and Borders: Due to its compact size, Jame Sage is suitable for use in edging and border plantings, creating defined spaces within the garden.
    • Herbaceous Perennial: As a perennial plant, Jame Sage comes back every year, reducing the need to replant annually and providing a lasting presence in the garden.
    • Wildlife Support: By attracting pollinators, the plant plays a role in supporting local wildlife and the surrounding ecosystem.
    • Culinary Use: Some members of the Salvia genus are used in cooking, adding flavor to dishes (although care must be taken to confirm specific varieties are edible).

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Salvia × jamensis, commonly known as Jame Sage, can be used as a natural dye, imparting colors to fabrics when properly processed.
    • In the garden, Jame Sage may be used to attract beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, which pollinate crops and support ecosystem health.
    • Jame Sage's dense growth habit makes it suitable as a low hedge or natural border in landscape design.
    • Some cultures use dried Jame Sage leaves in the creation of floral arrangements and wreaths for decorative purposes.
    • The plant's essential oil can be used in aromatherapy for creating calming and soothing scented products, although this should be done with caution due to potential skin sensitivities.
    • Jame Sage could serve as a companion plant in the vegetable garden, potentially deterring certain pests with its aromatic presence.
    • The plant can be subject to botanical studies and research relating to hybridization and biodiversity due to its hybrid nature.
    • Leaves from Jame Sage may be used in potpourri mixes, adding a pleasant scent to indoor environments.
    • It can be incorporated into certain culinary recipes as a flavor enhancer, although it's less common than other sages and should be used with restraint due to its strong flavor.
    • In crafts, the striking flowers of Jame Sage can be pressed and used in the creation of natural, botanical art and decorations.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The plant Sage is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The plant Sage is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing: Salvia × jamensis, commonly known as Jame Sage, is often associated with healing because many species of Salvia are known for their medicinal properties.
    • Wisdom: The genus name "Salvia" comes from the Latin "salvere," meaning "to save" or "to heal," which links it to wisdom and the pursuit of knowledge.
    • Longevity: Sage plants, including Jame Sage, symbolize longevity and immortality due to their hardy nature and perennial growth.
    • Protection: Sage has been used in various cultures for its believed ability to ward off evil and offer protection.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 1-2 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Jame Sage should be watered deeply once or twice a week, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. During the active growing season in spring and summer, it may require more frequent watering, especially if conditions are very hot and dry. Approximately 1 to 1.5 gallons per square foot per month can be a good starting point, but always adjust based on rainfall and specific site conditions. Make sure not to overwater, as Jame Sage does not like to have constantly wet feet, which can lead to root rot.

  • sunLight

    Jame Sage thrives in full sun, with at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. It should be placed in a spot where it can receive ample light throughout the day to encourage healthy growth and abundant flowering. While it can tolerate partial shade, the plant will produce more flowers and have a more robust habit when grown in full sun.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Jame Sage is hardy and can tolerate temperatures down to about 15 degrees Fahrenheit, but it prefers warm climates and will thrive when temperatures range between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can also handle high temperatures well, generally up to around 90 degrees Fahrenheit, making it suitable for a wide variety of climates.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Jame Sage is beneficial to promote bushier growth, to remove spent flowers, and to maintain a tidy plant shape. Pruning is best done in early spring before new growth starts. Additionally, deadheading, or removing faded flowers, can encourage the plant to produce more blooms. Pruning can be done again lightly after the first flush of flowers to stimulate a second bloom period in late summer or early fall.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Jame Sage requires well-draining soil with a pH ranging from neutral to slightly acidic. A mix of two parts garden soil, one part sand or perlite, and one part compost or well-rotted manure will create an optimal environment. Maintain even moisture and ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.

  • plantRepotting

    Jame Sage should be repotted every 1 to 2 years, or when it outgrows its pot. Choose a container one size larger than the current one to allow for growth and use a well-draining soil mix.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Jame Sage prefers moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable to different humidity conditions. It is important not to keep the plant in overly humid environments as this can promote fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Jame Sage in bright, indirect light and avoid overwatering.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Jame Sage in full sun, space 18” apart, protect from harsh winds.

    • Hardiness zone

      7-10 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    Salvia × jamensis, commonly known as Jame Sage, starts its life as a seed, with germination depending on temperature and moisture conditions. Once the seed germinates, the plant enters the seedling stage where the first leaves emerge, allowing the plant to begin photosynthesis. As the plant matures into the vegetative stage, it develops a robust stem system and a larger leaf area, increasing its ability to absorb sunlight and nutrients to fuel growth. The plant then enters the flowering stage, wherein it produces colorful flowers that attract pollinators necessary for cross-pollination and seed production. After pollination, the plant develops seeds within the flowers which, once matured, are distributed by various means (wind, animals, etc.), allowing for the propagation of the species. Eventually, as environmental conditions become less favorable or the plant reaches the end of its life span, it enters the senescence stage, where growth slows down, and it may die, completing the life cycle.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • The most popular method of propagating Salvia x jamensis, commonly known as Jame Sage, is through softwood cuttings. This technique typically begins in late spring or early summer when the plant's new growth is just hardening but still pliable. To propagate, a gardener would cut a 4-6 inch (10-15 cm) length of stem just below a node, strip the lower leaves, and possibly treat the cut end with rooting hormone to encourage root growth. The cutting is then planted in a well-draining soil mix and kept in a warm, humid environment until roots develop. It's important to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged to prevent rot. With proper care, the cutting will establish a robust root system and can be transplanted to a permanent location in the garden.