Salvia elegans

Salvia elegans

Pineapple sage

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Salvia elegans
  • Common name: Pineapple sage
  • Plant type: Perennial

Height: 1m

Spread: 50cm

Flower colour:
  • Red
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Aromatic foliage, Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife

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Salvia elegans is a wonderful shrub from Mexico and Guatemala. It's often grown in a large ornamental pot, gracing a warm corner of the herb garden in summer. Better known as pineapple sage, it's impossible to resist touching the foliage, which releases the refreshing fragrance of  pineapple. Less well-known are its flowers, which appear towards the end of summer.

Grow Salvia elegans in well-drained soil in full sun. Since it's tender, the brilliant scarlet flowers can only be enjoyed if grown in a frost-free place. Try bringing containers of Salvia elegans into the conservatory for the winter or taking cuttings in late summer and early autumn as an insurance.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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