Pineapple sage is part of the Salvia genus. Its scientific name is Salvia elegans.
Fast growing shrubby perennial or sub shrub (or annual in colder climates).1
Pineapple sage is a very good plant for the garden with the contrast between its dark green leaves and the bright red flowers.
Blooms appear in these approximate colours: American rose.
Pineapple sage grows as an annual/perennial and is a flowering edible herb / flower. Being an annual / perennial plant, it tends to grow either as a single season plant, or a plant that can stay in your garden for many years.
Pineapple sage normally grows with a forb habit to a mature height of 1.50 metres (that's 4.88 feet imperial).
Try planting Pineapple sage if you'd like to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your garden.
Mexico is believed to be where Pineapple sage originates from.
Pineapple sage is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.
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Newly planted pineapple salvia should be watered for the first couple of weeks after planting. After that only water in drought situations.
Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Zone 8 to 11 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Pineapple sage needs a loamy and sandy soil with a ph of 5.0 to 6.0 (moderately acidic soil - weakly acidic soil). Keep in mind when planting that Pineapple sage is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors.
See our list of companion Plants for Pineapple sage to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.
Pineapple sage is rarely grown from seed – take cuttings instead.
By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Pineapple sage about 84 days before your last frost date .
Add slow release fertilizer to the hole before transplanting to the garden.Ensure that temperatures are mild (minimum night temperatures should be around -7°C / 19°F) and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Pineapple sage is a tender plant.
Leaves can be harvested for tea, and flowers make a nice garnish for salads or desserts. Not a substitute for culinary sage.
These estimates for how long Pineapple sage takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.
Average days | Min 364 days | Max 394 days (2)
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Average 158 days | Min 158 days | Max 159 days (2)
Our when to plant Pineapple sage estimates are relative to your last frost date.