In Flower this Week: Pineapple Sage
The lovely Salvia elegans or Pineapple Sage is a must have in any garden as its versatility and attributes are practically endless, particularly in the herb garden. The sweet pineapple-smelling foliage and vibrant red tubular flowers of this small perennial shrub to 1.5m have both culinary and medicinal uses.
Nectar feeding birds and butterflies find the flowers of Pineapple Sage irresistible, including hummingbirds in New Mexico where this plant naturally occurs. The extended flowering season in late autumn also ensures an ongoing food source for our feathered and winged friends in what is a traditionally quieter time in our cool climate gardens.
Pineapple Sage grows well in a sunny position protected from hot summer winds and heavy winter frost (it is herbaceous over winter in more exposed positions). This relatively fuss-free plant prefers at least moderate drainage and reliable watering during summer. A quick haircut after flowering and when the threat of frosts have passed helps maintain vigour and a bushier habit.