A Flora and Fauna of Symi

A personal guide to the wildlife of Symi and beyond

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Red Topped Sage

A second trip down the Cataractus to the harbour this time with my camera secured these photographs of the red topped sage before they were eaten by the local sheep. I'm sure they would find them very tasty too. They are often planted in herb gardens. Salvia viridis.

 

The seeds and leaves of Salvia viridis have been added to fermenting vats to "greatly increase the inebriating quality of the liquor." 

An infusion of the leaves was used for sore gums, and powdered leaves for snuff. It was also reported to be a good honey-producing plant.

 

 

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