Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) is in the mint family. It is both a hardy & showy herb, whose crushed leaves really do smell like pineapple. It has soft fuzzy light green leaves and red tubular flowers that bloom in late summer and fall. This herb is a perennial that can die in the winter and re-sprout in the spring. In colder climates, it needs to be brought inside and treated as an annual.
Pineapple sage can be planted in a garden or container. Just give it plenty of room as it can grow to shrub size (4 feet tall and 3 feet wide) in one season. It grows in full sun and requires regular watering for optimal growth and flowering.
You can use Pineapple Sage in fruit salads and drinks. When used in tea, just crush some leaves and drop into the tea. The flowers can be used to add color to salads or deserts.
Type: Herb – semi-woody subshrub – usually grows in our area as a perennial
Garden habitat: Garden or container.
Exposure: Full sun.
Care: Regular watering.