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Salvia elegans - Vahl.

Common Name Pineapple Sage, Pineapple-scented Sage,
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 8-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Not known
Range Southern N. America - Mexico to Guatemala.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Salvia elegans Pineapple Sage, Pineapple-scented Sage,


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Salvia elegans Pineapple Sage, Pineapple-scented Sage,
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Summary

Bloom Color: Red. Main Bloom Time: Late summer. Form: Irregular or sprawling.


Physical Characteristics

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Salvia elegans is an evergreen Perennial growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 1 m (3ft 3in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf all year, in flower from March to May. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The leaves have a pleasant scent of pineapple and can be used fresh or dried as a flavouring[238]. They are added to cold drinks and fruit salads, fresh leaves can be placed under sponge cake mixtures to give a subtle scent, whilst the fresh or dried leaves can be added to savoury dishes to give a sausage-like flavour[238, K].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Massing, Seashore. Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a warm sunny position[200]. Prefers a rich soil[1]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[200]. This species is not hardy in the colder areas of the country, it tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[200]. The top growth will be cut back to the ground in cold winters but, if the roots are given a good mulch in the autumn, plants will often survive the winter outdoors and resprout freely from the base in the spring[200]. There are some named varieties. 'Scarlet Pineapple' has leaves with a pineapple-like scent[238]. The flowers are very attractive to bees, providing a good source of nectar[61]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. Special Features:Attracts birds, North American native, Edible, Fragrant foliage, Attracts butterflies, Suitable for cut flowers.

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Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse[200]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Botanical References

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Readers comment

Miss D   Thu Feb 19 2009

Pinapple sage is traditionally used in Mexican herbal medicine as an anxiolytic (anxiety reducing substance). Although there is no conclusive evidence to support these effects in humans, antidepressant and anxiolytic properties have been demonstrated in mice [Herrera-Ruiza, Maribel; Yolanda García-Beltrána, Sergio Morab, Gabriela Díaz-Vélizb, Glauce S.B. Vianac, Jaime Tortorielloa, Guillermo Ramíreza (Aug. 2006). "Antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of hydroalcoholic extract from Salvia elegans". Journal of Ethnopharmacology 107 (1)].

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