Pineapple Sage

Pineapple Sage

I love the fall flowers on the Pineapple Sage plant.    They are very bright red which attracts hummingbirds and butterflies in the fall.  Unfortunately, the hummingbirds that I get in Pittsburgh already started to migrate but I still have butterflies.   The flowers grow in an unusual manner.  First, they start out drooping downward and then start to perk up and grow toward the sky.

Don’t forget that the flowers and the leaves are edible.   The reason they call this plant “Pineapple” sage is because the leaves have a slight taste of pineapple.  Most folks prefer this herb fresh in tea, cocktails and fruit salad.

If you cut off a tender stem, you can put it in water to root and then transplant in a pot of soil.

This plant needs room to grow as it can get up to 4 feet tall and wide so put it in a good location.  I have my pineapple sage in my herb garden with a soaker hose.   It grew well even though I have in an area with afternoon shade.    While this plant is not needy, you can always give it plant food that is well balanced.

While this plant is a perennial in warm weather areas, it is an annual in Pittsburgh just like the Olive herb plant that I grow.