Salvia elegans (syn. Salvia rutilans).
A half-hardy perennial with a heady fragrance
of Pineapple from the leaves.
Has bright scarlet flowers
borne in late Autumn and through the Winter.
The plant grows to about 3ft high.
Though a true Salvia, it is used aromatically rather than in cooking,
though it can be used in fruit salads, with pork and in plain sponge cakes.
In the UK it is normally grown as a conservatory plant,
and moved outdoors for the summer.
Likes full sun and good drainage during the summer,
but also needs plenty of water!
The flowers are often saved in ice cubes for 'special'
drinks and occasions and, when sucked,
are sweeter than Clover flowers!
But since they are so colourful, - DON'T TELL THE KIDS! :)
The plants are grown in 9cm(3inch) pots, which are not included in the item. Included in the item , where available, is the coloured label as seen in the photograph, which gives cultural and usage tips.
Hardy = frost tolerant. Half-hardy = likes winter protection. Tender = will not survive frosts.
Annual = lasts one season only . Biennial = lasts two seasons. Perennial = lasts more than two seasons
Deciduous = loses its leaves in the winter.
Evergreen = remains green all year
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