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botanical name:
Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon'
Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Sage
synonyms:  Salvia rutilans
family:  Lamiaceae
characteristics: perennial, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 0.75m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 11
description:
Tender, subshrubby perennial with branching stems of softly hairy leaves, evergreen in mild climates, strongly aromatic when crushed, with a sweet fruity scnet like melons. Narrowly tubular, bright scarlet-red flowers in summer.
Similar to Pineapple sage, but slightly smaller growing and flowers earlier.

cultivation:
Fertile, well drained soil in full sun or a little shade in hot climates and a warm sheltered position. Quite tender and needs winter protection, although may survive short periods of a few degrees of frost.

propagation:
From cuttings.

usage:
May be used as a flavouring herb or to make tea.

other notes:
Collected in Jalisco, Mexico by Fred Boutin in 1968, introduced to cultivation by Huntingdon Botanical Gardens, California.

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