Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive full sun to partial shade. Space plants 24″ apart in dry to average soil that is well-drained. Plant height 36″. All of the sage varieties are drought tolerant.
During the spring and summer months it is good to use a regular liquid fertilizer or light compost mulch for optimal growth. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Deer resistant.
Sage, Pineapple salvia elegans ‘Pineapple’
Pineapple Sage, an annual, is one of the most delightful herbs, true to its name and has striking, sweetly flavored red flowers that hummingbirds love.
Those who know Sage as a spice used in stuffing will be shocked at the scent and flavor of this sweet herb. Pineapple Sage’s appearance is drastically different: it has pretty, bright red flowers and smooth light green leaves instead of the drab blooms and thick, textured foliage of Common Sage. Its value is threefold because not only is it ornamental, but it smells heavenly and tastes delicious. Rubbing the leaves releases the fruity odor. Boiled, they make a great tea which is well complemented by a little honey. You can eat part of the flower like honeysuckle, and it is very sweet.
If you are helping your child start their own garden or they are working in your garden, include this plant, because children love sensory experience and pineapple sage is easy to grow.