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An aromatic herb that is known for its attractive appearance and sweet pineapple-like fragrance.  Pineapple sage is a perennial herb that can grow to a height of about 3 to 4 feet (90 to 120 centimeters).  It has elongated, lance-shaped leaves that are bright green with a slightly fuzzy texture.  The leaves are often about 4-5 inches long and have serrated edges.  Pineapple sage produces tubular, bright red or scarlet flowers that are attractive to pollinators, especially hummingbirds and butterflies and can be used in salads for simply eaten for there sweet nectar.

The name "pineapple sage" is derived from the sweet pineapple-like fragrance of the leaves.  When the leaves are crushed or brushed against, they release a delightful aroma that is reminiscent of ripe pineapples.  The fragrance makes pineapple sage a popular choice for ornamental and sensory gardens.

While pineapple sage is primarily grown for its fragrance and ornamental value, its leaves can also be used in culinary applications. The leaves have a sweet, fruity flavour with hints of pineapple and mint.  The leaves can be used as a garnish for desserts, fruit salads, and beverages. They can also be used to infuse herbal teas or flavour water.

Pineapple Sage - Salvia elegans

  • Pineapple sage is a relatively easy herb to grow. It prefers well-drained soil and full sun for optimal growth.

    It can be propagated from seeds or cuttings but does take a couple of years to become established.  The plant may need protection or be grown as an annual in colder climates, as it is sensitive to frost.

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