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Salvia elegans

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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.

Tangerine, Pineapple, Honey melon, Golden delicious and Sonoran Red are some of the most popular varieties of Pineapple sage for home gardeners to grow.

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.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Pineapple sage have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Pineapple sage

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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.

Growing Pineapple sage from seed

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 .

Transplanting Pineapple sage

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.

Harvesting Pineapple sage

Leaves can be harvested for tea, and flowers make a nice garnish for salads or desserts. Not a substitute for culinary sage.

How long does Pineapple sage take to grow?

These estimates for how long Pineapple sage takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Pineapple sage to germinate?

Average days | Min 364 days | Max 394 days (2)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Pineapple sage?
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Days to Maturity How long until Pineapple sage is ready for harvest / bloom?
+ 158 days

Average 158 days | Min 158 days | Max 159 days (2)

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When should I plant Pineapple sage?

Our when to plant Pineapple sage estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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When to sow The number of days to sow Pineapple sage before or after your last frost date.
84 days before Last Frost Date

Pineapple sage Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin elegans meaning “elegant”

Other names for Pineapple sage

Tangerine Sage

Salvia rutilans

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