Salvia dorisiana is a heavily branched, shrubby, perennial plant growing up to 1 metre tall[
]. The stems become somewhat woody at the base.
The plant is sometimes gathered from the wild for local use as a tea and flavouring. It is widely grown as an ornamental being valued especially for its aromatic foliage[
Central America - Honduras.
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of the tropics, where it is usually found at elevations between 1,000 - 2,500 metres. Plants do not grow well if the temperature falls below about 5°c for anything other than a short period of time, though they can withstand occasional short periods down to -2°c[
]. The plant can be cut back to the ground in cold weather, but will usually resprout from the base[
Grows well in part-day shade[
]. Succeeds in a range of soils, but prefers one rich in organic matter[
]. Dislikes dry soils[
Practically the whole plant is covered with hairs that have glands which release a delightful pineapple-grapefruit scent when stroked[
Plants can be cut back quite severely to encourage new growth[
The leaves are strongly aromatic, with a fragrance of mixed fruits[
]. They are sometimes used as flavourings in salads and salad dressings[
The leaves are used to make a flavourful tea[
An extract of the leaves is used as an ingredient in commercial cosmetic preparations as a skin conditioner[
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