Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

10 April 2014

Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans)

Pineapple sage has these bright red flowers which are attractive to many humans I suspect but even more so to honey eaters and butterflies.  The added bonus for humans is the pineapple scented leaves (I've not heard of non-human animals that deliberately rub leaves just for the fragrance!). In hotter parts of Australia pineapple sage prefers a semi-shaded position.  It's quite drought hardy.  When the leaves droop is the time to give it some water.  According to a Wikipedia article the leaves are edible (but I've never tried them) and they also have medicinal uses.

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