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Salvia elegans 'Elk Sonoran Red'

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(Elk Sonoran Red Pineapple Sage)  A new Pineapple Sage variety that has the traditional fruity fragrance but blooms much earlier in the season than the traditionally grown clone.  Short and compact, it resembles the varieties 'Honey Melon' and 'Tangerine' size wise, but has the unmistakable aroma of ripe pineapples.

Price: $11.50
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
Common name
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Elk Sonoran Red Pineapple Sage
USDA Zones
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9 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
24"/24"/24"
Exposure
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Full sun
Soil type
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Well drained & rich
Water needs
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Average
Pot size
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3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant? Yes
  • Salvia elegans 'Elk Sonoran Red'
  • Salvia elegans 'Elk Sonoran Red'
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(Elk Sonoran Red Pineapple Sage)  A new Pineapple Sage variety that has the traditional fruity fragrance but blooms much earlier in the season than the traditionally grown clone.  Short and compact, it resembles the varieties 'Honey Melon' and 'Tangerine' size wise, but has the unmistakable aroma of ripe pineapples.  The flowers are larger and deeper red than any Salvia elegand variety we grow.

Native to Sonora, Mexico, the original seed stock of this Pineapple Sage was found at high elevations in Pine and Oak forests by Logan Calhoun.  We secured seed from Rolando Uria of Argentina, and grew out several for additional hybridization.  Finally, we selected this clonal variety for its compact growth, early flowering, bold red flowers and intoxicating smell.  It will be a great addition to gardens where the traditional Salvia elegans blooms so late that it is disabled by the first frosts.

The species is used as a medicinal herb -- such as in herb tea -- to relieve anxiety and treat hypertension. Just smelling the leaves makes us happier.

NOTE: A May or later planting date in Zone 7 and below may not result in timely flowering in the first season.