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This wonderful shrub from Mexico and Guatemala is often grown in a large ornamental pot, gracing a warm corner of the herb garden in summer. Better known as pineapple sage, it is impossible to resist touching the foliage, which releases the refreshing fragrance of the old confectionery pineapple chunks. Less well-known are its flowers which appear as the days shorten. Since the plant is tender, the brilliant scarlet flowers can only be enjoyed if grown in a frost-free place. Try bringing containers of S. elegans into the conservatory for the winter or taking a few cuttings in late summer and early autumn to avoid losing them in the colder months.
Cultivar: Scarlet Pineapple
Plant type: Tender perennial
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: March to May
Time to take cuttings: August to September
helped me identify a plant found at a plant exchange - beautiful at present but clearly won't go through the winter here in the Dordogne where winters can be very cold - will try some late cuttings!
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