Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) in the Salvias Database

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 - 4 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 4 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Uses: Culinary Herb
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Location: Lincoln, NEDate: 2011-10-18
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Location: Courtyard entrance, right side.Date: 2014-10-18
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2006-10-03Love those red flowers!
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Location: In my Northern California gardenDate: 2011-12-09
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Location: photographed at the San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing ArboretumCredit: Eric Hunt / Wikipedia
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Location: central IllinoisDate: October 2006
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Location: Pleasant Grove, UtahDate: 2011-10-26With Ruta...the blue plant
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Location: My yard in Middle TennesseeDate: 2014-10-01
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-09-16
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2015-09-16The red flowers are peeking out and it won't be too long before t
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Location: My garden in Northern KYDate: 2011-10-06Love these gorgeous red blooms!
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Location: VirginiaDate: 2012-05-30
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Location: central IllinoisDate: October 2006
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Location: Courtyard entrance, right side.Date: 2014-10-18
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Location: My garden in Warrenville, SCDate: October 17, 2013Blooms late into the season
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2005-09-27
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Location: Courtyard entrance, right side, full sunDate: 2015-05-17
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Posted by RickCorey (Everett WA 98204 - Zone 8a) on Sep 8, 2011 7:09 PM

Leaves fragrant, used to make tea or jelly. Edible flowers attract bees & butterflies.
Semi-erect growth habit. Bag seed heads to collect seed. Seed doesn't store well.
Provenance: Mexico. Older name: S. rutilans. Family: Lamiaceae.
Grows as annual in Zone 6.
Other propagation method: softwood cuttings.
Height 36" to 48", prefers full sun.
Spacing: 24" to 36"

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Posted by longk (Oxford UK - Zone 8a) on May 29, 2017 2:28 AM

Not hardy where I live in the UK, but I've found the best way to propagate is from the root runners, which can be potted up with 100% success.
Late blooming.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Dec 8, 2011 6:55 PM

This year I planted Pineapple Sage in a 24 inch tall plastic container. (the other years I planted it in 20 inch plastic containers). Even though it had other plants in the container this year, it still did a lot better. It didn't seem to wilt as much or at all this year. I do remember adding some compost into the potting soil, so that might've been the trick too!

From now on, this is the container size and I'll have to remember to add compost into the potting soil! Also, I'm thinking about planting it by itself. I think it will do even better with no competition.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 10:07 PM

"Salvia elegans, commonly called Pineapple sage or Tangerine Sage, is a perennial shrub native to Mexico and Guatemala. It inhabits Madrean and Mesoamerican pine-oak forests between 6,000 and 9,000 feet.

S. elegans has tubular red flowers and an attractive scent to the leaves that is similar to pineapple. It produces numerous erect leafy stems and flowers in the late autumn. The red flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. In a highland temperate forest in central Mexico, pineapple sage was found to be one of the three most-visited species by hummingbirds. It is a short-day plant. The flowering season in Mexico is August onward; further north it may not flower till later autumn, and if there are no frosts, it may flower till spring.

In cultivation, Pineapple sage grows to 3.9 to 4.9 feet tall, with the roots extending underground to form a large clump. The pale yellow-green leaves are veined, and covered with fine hairs. Six to twelve scarlet flowers grow in whorls, with a long inflorescence that blooms gradually and over a prolonged period of time. With a hard frost, the plant will die down to the ground and grow back the following spring. Pineapple sage was introduced into horticulture about 1870.

The leaves and flowers of S. elegans are edible. The plant is extensively used in Mexican traditional medicine, especially for the treatment of anxiety, and also for lowering of blood pressure. Although scientific information about these medicinal properties is scarce, a preliminary study on mice found support for the plant potentially having antidepressant and antianxiety properties. Pineapple sage has also been shown to have a dose-dependent antihypertensive effect, attributed to its action as an angiotensin II receptor antagonist and inhibitor of the angiotensin converting enzyme."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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