Fruit Sage, Fruit-Scented Sage, Peach Sage
Salvia dorisiana

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: dorisiana (dor-ee-see-AY-nuh) (Info)
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Category:

Herbs

Perennials

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Hardiness:

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

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Aromatic

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Belvedere Tiburon, California

Clayton, California

El Cerrito, California

Encinitas, California

San Francisco, California

Santa Cruz, California

Greentown, Indiana

Prospect, Kentucky

Binghamton, New York

Houston, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jan 1, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

Very carefree, rewarding plant. Appreciates a wide range of growing conditions, in my experience.

This plant has everything: large vibrant flowers, GREAT fruity smell, and large, attractive heart shaped leaves.

One of the best.

Main problem is susceptibility to insect damage.

Positive

On Jan 18, 2004, Flit from Santa Cruz, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I planted this right under a birch tree; that is not its preferred situation as it yellows easily, is leggy, and it collects the brown birch seeds on its fuzzy leaves, but it does grow fairly well and it blooms quite a bit.

The scent of the foliage is wonderful, like that of melons. The edible flowers have a more intense and floral version of this scent and flavor to them. I have used them to great effect in fruit salads, along with lemon balm.

Even in my zone, which only very rarely drops below freezing, it dies back quite a bit in the winter. It comes back soon enough, though.

Positive

On Jun 20, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Looks just like its close relative, "Pineapple Sage" only this has a distinctively peach smell when the leaves are crushed.

Sometimes sold as S. elegans or S. greggii

Positive

On Jan 17, 2003, ohiovalleygal from Louisville, KY wrote:

The scent is very sweet, like fruit punch. Plant where you can touch it as you pass by. Roots easily for me in water or soil. Overwinters in bright windowsill.