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Salvia, Elegant Sage, Golden Leaf Pineapple Sage 'Golden Delicious'

Salvia elegans

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: elegans (ELL-eh-ganz) (Info)
Cultivar: Golden Delicious
Additional cultivar information:(PP17977)
Hybridized by Horvath
Registered or introduced: 2007
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Birmingham, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Fallbrook, California

Walnut Creek, California

Dacula, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

Monroe, Louisiana

Okatie, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

Haltom City, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Orem, Utah

Provo, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 28, 2016, amboxer from Fresno, CA wrote:

Bought these on clearance when i firsr started my garden jut before fall. One survived my old male dog that has since passed away. And it has been beautiful. Getting ready to divide a few pieces off and add more to my garden. I love the gold color! And the red blooms in fall. Stunning!


On Sep 16, 2009, nonigardens from Provo, UT wrote:

Salvia elegans 'Golden Delicious' is a wonderful staple in out gardens. It gives us the zing we need for a mid height plant. I've had them grow as tall as 4' and as short as 18"- depending on how happy they are in their sight. This is a must have for any sunny border.
nonigardens Provo, Ut


On Mar 26, 2009, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

when crushed, leaves smell like pineapples. Beautiful golden foliage w/ red flowers.


On Jun 2, 2007, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I grew it in a 20" plastic container on my sunny patio in 2006 next to the green Pineapple Sage. It was beautiful and looked great next to its sibling. Can't remember where I bought it (locally) in 2006, but I'll have to try and get it, locally or mail order for 2008. It's a winner! Love it!


On Nov 12, 2006, macazali from Natchez, MS wrote:

i bought a small plant and it has gone absolutely nuts. it is blooming like crazy again and it is mid-november here in natchez, ms. i just keep on cutting clippings and root it in water or put it in root tone and put it in the ground with good success. i am curious what will happen to it over the winter. it makes a striking bright lime mass from afar and the red blooms are delightful. it has shifted from being a nice specimen plant to a labndscape basic.