Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) is a beautiful sage from Central America that smells like pineapples and is perfect for baking, cooking, and cocktails. An easy grower for the beginning gardener.
This sage is sold in a 3.5” biodegradable container that can be directly transplanted into your garden.
Growing Pineapple Sage
Pineapple Sage is an easy grower for first time gardeners. Plant your sage in full sun and in soil rich with organic matter. Pineapple sage grows large (up to 3 or 4 feet tall), so plan accordingly if you’re planting in raised beds.
Pineapple sage traditionally flowers in August in Mexico, but may not flower until fall when planted in the United States.
How to Use Pineapple Sage
Pineapple Sage is a favorite herb of many cooks and gardeners because of it’s ability to instantly brighten up any dish or cocktail. From pineapple sage pound cakes to fruit salads, the best thing of about pineapple sage is it’s ability to adapt to dishes you normally cook. Some idea include:
Chopping up sage leaves to create a fruit flavored tea
Finely chopping up leaves to add to your favorite pound cake mix
Adding a sprig of pineapple sage to spice up a mai tai or just a vodka on the rocks
Pineapple Sage Cold Hardiness
Pineapple sage is best adapted to zones 8-11 in the United States. Outside of these zones, this sage can be planted as an annual or planted in a container to be brought inside during winter.
Pineapple Sage as a Pollinator
Many people choose to plant pineapple sage for bees and butterflies since it’s known as a prolific pollinator. Pineapple sage is also a favorite with hummingbirds.