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'Golden Delicious' Golden Leaved Pineapple Sage Salvia elegans

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
Mature Size
4' 3' 1.2m 91cm
Height: 3' - 4'
Spread: 2' - 3'
Height: 91cm - 1.2m
Spread: 61cm - 91cm
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  • Details

    36 - 48 Inches
    15 - 30 Inches
    24 - 36 Inches
    91cm - 1.2m
    38cm - 76cm
    61cm - 91cm


    Bright, pineapple-scented yellow foliage on a very heat tolerant plant.  Fire engine red flowers may appear in Fall for Southern growers or others with a long season.

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    Foliage Interest
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    36 - 48 Inches 91cm - 1.2m
    15 - 30 Inches 38cm - 76cm
    24 - 36 Inches 61cm - 91cm
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    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Late Summer Through Fall
    Hardiness Zones: 
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
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    Uses Notes: 

    An eye-catching addition to any combination, window box or plant bed. 'Golden Delicious' makes an excellent vertical foliage accent plant and looks great in mass plantings.  Great in landscapes or containers, where it works alone or in large combinations.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    Golden foliaged plants may sunburn in very high light. In areas with strong sun this plant may benefit from afternoon shade.  Golden Delicious is heat and humidity tolerant, as well as downy mildew resistant.  For most gardeners this is a foliage plant only. It does get red flowers in fall, in some long-season climates.

    Grown mainly for its great yellow-green foliage, in very long season climates red flowers may appear.  The more sun the foliage receives the brighter the chartreuse color.  In more shade, the foliage is more green. It is an outstanding vertical foliage accent. It is very heat and humidity tolerant.

    'Golden Delicious' Salvia elegans USPP 17,977
  • 13 Reviews

    Browse reviews from people who have grown this plant.
    • I bought three pots of medium size plants and planted them in the back of a perennial bed. They took off !!! immediately, and I thought I would get a lot of fall blooms for our over-wintering hummingbirds. They didn't bloom as expected, but wow, they bloomed all winter. We had a mild winter, but still they hung in during freezing temps at night and didn't stop blooming until January. I didn't cut them back, and they came budding out and blooming in March and are still blooming in April. I should have but them back, but kind of wanted to see what they would do left to their own devices. I really love these plucky plants and they look great in the back of the bed!

      Vicki Cotrell
      , Oregon
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • Amazing deer resistance and lovely foliage

      Helen Lawson
      , Georgia
      , United States
      , 4 years ago
    • I bought three in small pots this spring ,with small amounts of red flowers. Loved the color and the smell! Put them in my garden and they took off...huge!. Rebloomed late summer thru frost; amazing show. Died back to ground(Jan.).

      , California
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • I LOVE this plant. It has great design value in the border. Even though you say it only grows 12"-24", in our full sun beds, we've had it grow 3'to 4'. Wonderful accent plant.

      , Utah
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Love it! Love the color combination!

      Marilyn B. Grua
      , Kentucky
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • 2009 was the first time I grew it. Through our hot days that were over 100, the sage performed wonderfully! It never wilted, even in the all day full sun. It is still going strong even now in November, and the flowers make the plant look so fresh.

      Sally Hosler
      , Oklahoma
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Excellent choice for contrasting against a darker foliage. I've grown this plant on Long Island NY and Charleston, SC.

      Russell Studebaker
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • Wonderful color. bBooms too if you're lucky and the season is long enough.

      Pat Bazany
      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • It's Awesome!

      , Michigan
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
    • During the drought of 2007 this plant which was added to my bed this spring performed like a true champion. Beautiful foliage and bright flowers the butterflies and hummingbirds went crazy over.

      April Prater
      , South Carolina
      , United States
      , 12 years ago
  • 34 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 FlameProof Plants Dallas Arboretum
    2019 Top Performer Dallas Arboretum
    2018 Leader of the Pack - Late Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Top 10 - Flowering Plants Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2018 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Leader of the Pack - All Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2018 Perfect Score All Season Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2018 Top 10 North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
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