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Salvia dorisiana, the fruit-scented sage or peach sage, is a perennial shrub native to Honduras. It grows 1-1.3 m tall, and is heavily branched. The leaves have a fruity scent when brushed, and large magenta-pink flowers that bloom in winter. Salvia dorisiana was first described in 1950, and has become popular as a greenhouse plant. The flowers reach up to 5 cm in length, with a lime-green calyx about the same length. The entire plant is covered in hairs whose glands release a pineapple-grapefruit scent.[1]

Salvia dorisiana
Salvia dorisiana (Scott Zona) 001.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Lamiales
Family: Lamiaceae
Genus: Salvia
Species: S. dorisiana
Binomial name
Salvia dorisiana
Standl.

Salvia dorisiana was named for Doris Zemurray Stone, 1909-1994, archaeologist and ethnographer and director of the national museum of Costa Rica, though many horticulture references apocryphally repeat that it was named after Doris, daughter of Oceanus and Tethys, and the wife of Nereus.[2][3]

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Clebsch, Betsy; Barner, Carol D. (2003). The New Book of Salvias. Timber Press. p. 112. ISBN 978-0-88192-560-9. 
  2. ^ Arthur O. Tucker; Thomas DeBaggio (16 September 2009). The Encyclopedia of Herbs: A Comprehensive Reference to Herbs of Flavor and Fragrance. Timber Press. p. 438. ISBN 978-0-88192-994-2. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Standley, P. C. 1950. New Plants from Honduras. Ceiba 1(1): 38–49