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SALVIA elegans 'Golden Delicious'

Image of Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious'

Jessie Keith

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

SALVIA elegans 'Golden Delicious'

Plant Common Name

Golden Delicious Sage, Pineapple Sage

Special Notice

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General Description

The deliciously scented foliage and vivid red flowers of pineapple sage give this unique salvia a special place in the garden. Native to southern Mexico and Guatemala, this tender perennial grows quickly to form a dense, upright, woody-based mound of pointed, elliptical, rich green leaves which do indeed emit a pineapple fragrance when crushed. Slender spikes of brilliant red, tubular, lipped flowers appear from autumn through spring in mild winter zones within the plant’s hardiness range. In colder climates, it blooms in very late summer to early fall until cut back by frost. The glowing blooms are a magnet for hummingbirds.

Pineapple sage thrives in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil which receives regular moisture. Regular removal of spent flower spikes encourages heavier flowering where plants bloom throughout the winter. Where not hardy, this beautiful sage may be grown as an annual. Its wonderfully aromatic leaves are a delightful addition to summer drinks and fresh fruit salads.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    8 - 11

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m

  • Width

    2'-4' / 0.6m - 1.2m

  • Bloom Time

    Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Mexico

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Bark Color

    Tan

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    Yes

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No