This sage is equally appreciated for its red flowers and the sweet pineapple scent of the foliage — this herb both looks and smells wonderful when cut for a flower arrangement. The pretty red flowers also look great in salads (yes, you can eat them!). Pineapple sage leaves are often used dried or fresh in teas.
Plants will grow up through the summer, when you can enjoy their leafy fragrance. Then, just as some other garden plants start to fade in late summer and early fall, pineapple sage will burst into bloom. This is a great plant for the fall garden because it attracts migrating hummingbirds and butterflies.
Zones: 8 to 10
Planting time: Spring
Features: Nectar-rich red flowers in late summer and fall, pineapple-scented foliage
Light: Full sun
Soil: Fertile, moist but well drained
Plant spacing: 24 inches
Mature Plant size: 2 to 3 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide
Garden use: Flower arrangements, garnish, teas, attracts hummingbirds and butterflies