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Salvia elegans

Pineapple sage

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Key information

Plant type

Tender perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage



Skill level


Salvia elegans

Plant details

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.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Salvia

Species: elegans

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

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 100cm

Spread: 50cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to take cuttings: August to September

Reader reviews


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!

Amy Kelly

This is a wonderful plant, fool proof to grow, and suits a variety of gardens. I have it in a cottage garden, but it would be just as at home in almost any situation. I don't know why they say you need to be experienced to grow it! It grows extremely rapidly, has lovely vivid foliage and flowers that never stop, and as long as it gets a little sun it doesn't care where you plant it. Yes, it is tender, but pinch off a tip (one where the stem is still pink, not yet green) throw it into some wet dirt, and it will strike in a matter of days. This is a MINT people! You can't fail! Give it a go, and you will love it. It grows like crazy and I think would take over the whole garden if the frost didn't kill it off, but as I said, very easy to keep a cutting in the greenhouse (or bathroom) over winter. A great option to fill in any gaps in the garden.

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