Pineapple Sage leans a little more toward ornamental than culinary herb in its use. The yellowish-green leaves grow in sets on long square stems. In late summer and early fall the fireworks start. This sage has bright red tubular flowers that stand out from the light foliage and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. When crushed, the leaves emit a pineapple fragrance which is great for salads and drinks. It can be used to make jellies and the blooms can be sugared to decorate cakes, so it is still tasty and beautiful at the same time.
When your plant is producing abundantly, then you are ready to harvest and store your Sage. Clip the sprigs and gather them in bundles. Hang these in a cool, dry place. Remove the leaves and store either whole or crumbled in an airtight container. If fresh is what you like, Sage will keep in the refrigerator for about one week.
Spacing: Plant 24″ to 36″ apart.
Height: Grows 3′ to 4′ tall.
How To Grow: Plant in full sun.
Outstanding Features: Sage Pineapple can provide great color for early fall.
Tips: Water regularly for best bloom and growth.
Uses: Culinary Herb, Aromatic Herb, Garden Bed, Containers, Landscapes