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Salvia elegansPineapple Sage

Selected plant size: 3-inch pot

Salvia elegans Pineapple Sage image
Salvia elegans Pineapple Sage image
Salvia elegans Pineapple Sage image

Salvia elegansPineapple Sage

Selected plant size: 3-inch pot

About this plant

3 feet in hot inland areas, taller in cool coastal climates
Perennial in Zones 8-11
Full/Part Sun, Deciduous
Culinary, Butterfly, Fragrant, Hummingbird, Ornamental

Growing & using Pineapple Sage

Long Red Pineapple Sage Flowers

Pineapple Sage should be called Hummingbird Highway. Its profuse bright red tubular flowers and its attraction to hummingbirds are reason enough to plant this late season bloomer.

Pineapple Sage does have a pineappley fragrance, but it’s only real use in cooking is as a fresh edible flower. The flowers are reminiscent of Honeysuckle and make a colorful addition to salads, fruit cocktails or any garnish. They are particularly attractive with yellow or green bell pepper. They can be sugared and used to garnish cakes or cookie platters.

Pineapple Sage in summer

A fast grower, this Pineapple Sage is only four months old!

When planted in early spring, after danger of frost, Pineapple Sage grows quickly from a three inch pot. In four months this Pineapple Sage has grown to about three feet in diameter and measures about two feet high. Soon it will be covered in long flower spikes filled with red flowers. After blooming, we will cut it back to the ground where it will rest for winter. It will emerge from the ground in spring and grow bigger in diameter.

Pineapple Sage prefers a cool summer climate where it can be grown in full sun. Because we garden in a hot summer climate, we give it mostly shade. It might do with some morning sun, but this is something that will be different for each garden.

Because Pineapple Sage does grow quickly, it makes a suitable annual for those with cold winters where it won’t survive.

Pineapple Sage and friend Ladybug

This ladybug is on the prowl looking for food on this Pineapple Sage leaf.

One of the best plans for a successful garden is to plant many different kinds of plants. This ensures that beneficial insects will be lured to the garden to do battle with bad bugs like aphids and spider mites. Salvias tend to attract aphids in early spring. We find though that by mid-spring the ladybugs have completely gotten rid of the pesky aphids. If we sprayed the aphids, the ladybugs would not come because they would have no food.

Pineapple Sage ready for shipping

Pineapple Sage is one of the six plants chosen to be in our Edible Flower Herb Garden Six Pack and in our Zone 8-11 Fragrant Herb Garden Six Pack.

This plant is often available in plug trays. These trays hold 128 of all the same plant. They are a great low cost way to fill a lot of space. Each cell is 3/4 of inch by an inch. Check here to see if Pineapple Sage Plug Trays are available.

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