Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Salvia elegans

Salvia elegans is known by its common name of Pineapple-Scented Sage or simply Pineapple Sage. A native of Mexico, it is a perennial growing 1m tall and 60cm wide with long ovate leaves. When crushed, the leaves give off the scent of pineapple. This plant can be used in a number of foods, drinks and as fresh or dry seasoning.
Good drainage is needed alongside full sun to partial shade. Salvia elegans has tubular red flowers which bloom at the end of summer to the end of autumn, allowing for softwood cuttings earlier in summer. It has some frost tolerance, but will die in colder climates making it an annual in some regions. It is a quick growing plant, with flowers that attract hummingbirds.
Propagation is easy with this semi-woody plant. Regular watering will be needed, but Salvia elegans is able to go a day or two without being watered. A herbal remedy can also be made with leaves if one wishes to do so.

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