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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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3 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

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


Bloom Color:
Fuchsia (Red-Purple)

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


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:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CaptMicha 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 Flit 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 Terry 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 ohiovalleygal 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.


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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