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

Pineapple Sage

(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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Pineapple Sage is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does great in large container Bought two 1 foot pineapple sage plants in May at Home Depot. I planted them in 1 foot tall containers, now in October they are over 5 feet tall and flowering red. Attracts a lot of hummingbirds, I didn't fertilize but I did use a potting soil mix. Los Angeles area so they received a lot of sun.
Date published: 2017-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic, easy care plant; heat tolerant Bought several last year and is now in my top 10 favorite annuals. Bloomed from spring to fall. Not one insect, slug, etc bothered this plant. Hummingbirds were ecstatic! Will likely buy a dozen plants for this year. Absolutely love this plant!
Date published: 2017-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful!!! I bought two last year and so far it is doing well...It grow fast and bright beautiful flowers. I got 3 more and plan on getting more when there is a sale.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Pineapple fragrance. Beautiful red flowers.: We have planted a Pineapple Sage in our garden every year for the past 12 years, since we first saw one.
Date published: 2016-03-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Planted in spring for first time. There were some flowers but not many. The plant grew very fast during summer months though I was disappointed it didn't flower again. It is now October and my plant has blossomed with the most beautiful red flowers. I am delighted!
Date published: 2015-10-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favorite plant to grow. Beautiful to see grow and taste nice.
Date published: 2015-04-09
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