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PlantFiles: Honey Melon Sage
Salvia elegans 'Honey Melon'

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

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

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


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

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:
By dividing the rootball
From herbaceous stem 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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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Marilynbeth On Feb 25, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I grew this for the first time and planted it in a container last Summer (it isn't hardy for me). It is beautiful and worth growing again! It bloomed earlier than the Pineapple Sage that it looks like and is a smaller plant.

Positive pineapplesage On May 1, 2006, pineapplesage from Pewaukee, WI wrote:

This is an easy plant to grow and it smells great. Does not get as big as some sages. The humminbirds really liked it.

Neutral tcfromky On Oct 8, 2004, tcfromky from Mercer, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Perennial evergreen herb with pineapple scent and brilliant red flowers. Snip leaves and use for seasoning, fragrance and/or teas.

Positive rm On Aug 9, 2004, rm from Media, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Blooms earlier than the species. Attractive to hummingbirds.


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

Leeds, Alabama
Brea, California
Clayton, California
Palm Springs, California
Roseville, California
Ukiah, California
Hebron, Kentucky
Media, Pennsylvania
Madison, Wisconsin
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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