Salvia elegans, Pineapple Sage

Salvia elegans, Pineapple Sage is a shrub native to Mexico in Sonora, Chihuahua to Veracruz and Oaxaca. The flowers last about four days and are exclusively pollinated by hummingbirds. The name Salvia is derived from the Latin salvare, meaning to heal or save, sometimes translated as “good health." Pineapple sage leaves have a distinct pineapple fragrance and two-inch long brilliant scarlet flowers. It makes a pleasant herbal tea itself, and an excellent addition to cold drinks, such as iced green tea. The beautiful red flowers, plucked from the flower spikes make an excellent garnish for fruit salads. Salvia elegans also has strong antioxidant activity and antihypertensive effects.

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