Pineapple Sage

  • Plant Type: Perennial, zones 7 to 10
  • Sun: Full sun
  • Plant Size: 3 to 4 feet tall, 2 to 3 feet wide
  • Culinary Use: Leaves for teas, chicken dishes, jams, garnish

Grow pineapple sage as much for what it brings to garden as for its pineapple-scented foliage. Its lovely edible red blooms attract migrating hummingbirds and butterflies in early fall, just when many other flowers are fading. The leaves and blooms also bring color and fragrance to arrangements.

Pineapple sage is related to common sage, but it doesn’t look, grow, or taste like common sage. The pineapple-like scent works well in fruit and sweet dishes and in beverages. In spring, plant pineapple sage in a spot where you’ll brush by it often, releasing the summery scent of pineapple into the air.

Plant in spring after all danger of frost is passed. Pineapple sage is dependably perennial in zones 8 to10 and will also overwinter in zone 7 most years, but can get killed by severe cold unless you cover the plant crown with straw for protection.

Plant Spacing: 2 to 3 feet. Plants Per Person: 1 to 2.

Secrets to Success »

This fast-growing plant will develop into a large bush in just one season; give it ample space. Like most sages, pineapple sage needs very good drainage; plant in a raised bed, on a slight slope, or in a container. Keep the soil moist, but don’t overwater or let it dry out.

Harvest and Use »

Clip leaves as needed and use in teas, chicken dishes, fruity desserts, fruit salads, to add flowers to a green salad, and for jams and jellies. You can also cut stems to use the leaves and flowers in arrangements. In late summer and early fall, watch for butterflies and hummingbirds coming to sip the flower nectar.

Try these garden companions »

  • Bee balm, lavender, thyme, sage, onion chives, oregano, Mexican tarragon, mint, and basil also attract butterflies.
  • Melons: cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon.
  • Strawberries.

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