Pineapple Sage Plant

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Brilliant Red Blooms - Fragrant Pineapple Sage!

  • Bright Red Blooms
  • Unique Tube-Shaped Flowers
  • Pineapple Scented Blooms
  • Fragrant Foliage
  • Culinary Uses
  • Bright Ornamental Herb
  • Bees, Hummingbirds & Butterflies!
  • Sweet Fruity Flavor
  • Full Sun to Part Shade
  • Easy Care!

The vibrant Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) is an ornamental herb that is so versatile in the landscape and kitchen!

The crushed green leaves and scarlet-red flowers have the juicy smell of pineapple! The attractive, bright red blooms are long, tubes that are attractive to hummingbirds. All herbs, Pineapple Sage included, are butterfly and pollinator-friendly as well!

The edible flowers have a sweet, fruity flavor with a hint of mint and spice. They of course smell like pineapple when crushed!

Like most mints, Pineapple Sage has square stems with fragrant leaves. Pineapple Sage has bright green, long and slender foliage on a tough semi-woody, herbaceous shrub. Perennial in warmer growing zones 8-10, Pineapple Sage is a tall, open-branched, light and airy growing habit.

The red tubular flowers emerge in summer and they will grow to shrub size in a single growing season. It is widely grown as a fast-growing, sun-loving annual that really beefs up the back of your annual borders or containers!

How to Use Pineapple Sage In The Landscape

Brushing or bruising the foliage of Pineapple Sage really does smell like fresh pineapple! As does the amazing, fragrant blooms. Be sure to plant this lovely herb where you can touch or brush past it often to release the scent into the air.

Pineapple Sages make a stunning thriller in containers and planters. They are a lovely specimen plant in borders and of course a prominent addition to the kitchen and herb garden! Plant anywhere because its open, airy structure will not shade out other plantings.

The bright verdant foliage and large flower spikes of bold red blooms really make Pineapple Sage stand out in the perennial garden. No pollinator garden should be without.

Often grown as an annual in Northern gardens, colder climates can cut Pineapple Sage back and dig it up in autumn to overwinter indoors, or treat as an annual, to spruce up patio planters and vegetable gardens.

The fragrance may lead one to wonder if Pineapple Sage edible? Indeed it is! Leaves of the Pineapple Sage plant may be steeped for teas and the minty-tasting blossoms can be used as an attractive and colorful garnish for salads, fruit salads, drinks and desserts. Leaves are best used fresh. Crush a few fragrant leaves into hot or iced tea for a flavorful, cooling treat.

Pineapple Sage flowers may also be used in jelly and jam concoctions, use dried leaves in potpourri, the uses are limited only by the imagination!

#ProPlantTips For Care

Pineapple Sage prefers a full sun location, although also does well in part shade, especially in hot growing zones. Performing amazing in Southern climates with morning sun and afternoon shade.

Those in more Northern zones may plant in a protected location, mulch in winter to protect the crown from the dangers of frost. Because these are not true winter hardy, you will need to bring in Pineapple Sage during winters in zones colder than growing zone 8.

Not particular on soil type, Sage does best in rich soil, as long as it does not get soggy. Any well-drained soil and bright location and your Pineapple Sage will reward you with bountiful bright-red blooms and juicy fragrance!

Add fragrance and pizzaz to your gardens and planters this year with the wonderful bright colors and fruity fragrance of Pineapple Sage! Order yours from our expert growers at Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Pineapple Sage Plant Is Suited to Grow in Zones 8-10
Growing Zones 8-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salvia elegans
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Red
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Early Spring
Fragrant Yes