Pineapple Sage

Hummingbirds adore pineapple sage's red, trumpet-shaped blooms.

Pineapple Sage

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(Salvia elegans)
  • Type: Perennial in zones 8 to 10
  • Planting time: Spring
  • Features: Nectar-rich red flowers in late summer and fall, pineapple-scented foliage
  • Light: Full sun
  • Soil: Fertile, moist but well drained
  • Plant spacing: 24 to 36 inches
  • Plant size: 3 to 4 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide
  • Garden use: Flower arrangements, garnish, teas, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies

This sage is equally appreciated for its red flowers and the sweet pineapple scent of the foliage—this herb both looks and smells wonderful when cut for a flower arrangement. The pretty red flowers also look great in salads (yes, you can eat them!). Pineapple sage leaves are often used dried or fresh in teas. Plants will grow up through the summer, when you can enjoy their leafy fragrance. Then, just as some other garden plants start to fade in late summer and early fall, pineapple sage will burst into bloom. This is a great plant for the fall garden because it attracts migrating hummingbirds and butterflies.

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