Pineapple Sage
(Salvia elegans)

 

Plant Description:

The Pineapple Sage is an herbaceous perennial named for the uncanny pineapple scent of its foliage, particularly when the leaves are crushed.  Like most mints, it has square stems and opposite leaves. The leaves can even be clipped like mint and used in summer beverages such as herbal teas, or chopped on fruit salad.  Red, trumpet-shaped flowers are produced late in the growing season, and attract butterflies and hummingbirds in the fall when other plants have finished blooming.

Mature Size:     3 – 5 feet tall, 2 – 3 foot spread   

Growth Rate:     Fast     

Plant Habit:     Rounded        

Plant Spacing:     3 – 4 feet

 

Ornamental Characteristics & Uses:

Foliage Color:     Light green    

Flower Color:     Red

Bloom Time:     Late summer to fall             

Attracts Wildlife:     Butterflies, hummingbirds

Uses:     Perennial borders; containers

 

Growing Requirements:

Cold Hardiness Zone(s):     8 – 10

Exposure:     Full sun to part shade

Water Needs:     Moderate

Soil Tolerances:     Tolerates most soils but prefers good drainage; only moderately drought tolerant after establishment

Soil pH:     Acidic to alkaline

Maintenance:     Low/easy

 

General Care & Growing Tips:

In extreme north Florida, plants will die back to the ground during winter, but should return for another season provided that the crown stays protected during extreme freezes.  In areas that do not receive winter freezes, stems should be cut back to the ground after flowering.  A general purpose, slow-release fertilizer application in spring should be sufficient for adequate growth through the season.  Like most plants, maintaining a 2- to 3- inch layer of organic mulch is beneficial to retain soil moisture and keep the root ball from drying out.


Common Pests:   

No insects or diseases are of major concern.


References:

Bonnie Plants. (2013). Growing Pineapple Sage.  http://bonnieplants.com/growing/growing-pineapple-sage/

Christman, S. (2000). Salvia elegans.  http://www.floridata.com/ref/S/salv_ele.cf


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