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PlantFiles: Tangerine Sage
Salvia elegans 'Tangerine'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Cultivar: Tangerine

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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No positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lola23 On Jul 18, 2007, lola23 from Portland, OR wrote:

I put this plant in full sun, as instructed on the directions that came with it. Now I think that was a big mistake. Even here in Portland, OR, where brutal sun is very very rare, all of the flowers fell off and the leaves dried out. I think I'll give this one a second chance, though, because the hummingbirds went absolutely crazy about it!!

Neutral Baa On Jun 29, 2006, Baa wrote:

Very similar to the Pineapple sage but with a distinctly orange/tangerine scent.

Likes a well drained soil in sun to light shade, it seems to dislike full sun in the hottest parts of the year. Dislikes drying out over winter even in cold regions so needs some watering but not as much as during the warmer months. It won't stand frost so requires frost protection during winter.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California
Fallbrook, California
Portland, Oregon
Sarver, Pennsylvania
Seattle, Washington

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