Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 20″ apart in dry to average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 24″. All of the sage varieties are drought tolerant.
Golden Pineapple Sage is a trouble free plant that requires little care. During the spring and summer months it is good to use a regular liquid fertilizer or light compost mulch for optimal growth. Water during hot, dry weather.
Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Deer resistant.
Sage, Golden Pineapple salvia elegans ‘Golden Pineapple’
Golden Pineapple Sage sports golden leaves and red flowers. Both flowers and leaves have a lovely, pineapple scent. This plant makes a great accent in the garden or in mixed pots. Unlike other Sages, this variety is an annual.
To harvest: fresh is always best. Leaves should be stripped before the sage plant flowers. If you pinch the flowers off during the growing season, you will be able to harvest more leaves. To store, chop the leaves finely and add a little water, freezing the mixture in ice cube trays. Or mix the finely chopped leaves into softened butter for a delicious spread for bread.
You can also dry the stems by gathering them in bunches, hanging them on drying racks out of direct sunlight. Once completely dry, strip leaves from stems and store in airtight containers. Dried sage has a stronger flavor, but a different taste, than the fresh.