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Commonly known as Pineapple Sage or Tangerine Sage, is a perennial herb that is a member of the mint family (Lamiaceae).

Physical Description:

Leaves: Pineapple Sage has bright green, lance-shaped leaves with serrated edges. The leaves are highly aromatic and have a strong fruity fragrance, often reminiscent of pineapple or tangerine.

Stems: The plant has square-shaped stems, a characteristic feature of plants in the mint family.

Flowers: In late summer to fall, Pineapple Sage produces tubular, scarlet-red flowers arranged in whorls along the stem. The flowers are attractive to pollinators, such as hummingbirds and bees.


Culinary: While not as commonly used in cooking as common sage (Salvia officinalis), the leaves of Pineapple Sage are edible and can be used to flavor beverages, salads, desserts, and other dishes. The fruity aroma adds a unique twist to culinary creations.

Aromatic: The strong fruity fragrance of the leaves makes Pineapple Sage a popular choice for aromatic gardens or as a fragrant addition to landscapes.

Ornamental: The vibrant red flowers and overall attractive appearance make Pineapple Sage a decorative plant in gardens.

Growing Conditions:

Soil: Well-drained, fertile soil is ideal. Pineapple Sage can adapt to various soil types.

Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, especially during dry periods. Pineapple Sage appreciates regular watering.

Sunlight: Pineapple Sage thrives in full sun but can tolerate partial shade.

Hardiness: It is typically grown as an annual in cooler climates but can behave as a perennial in frost-free regions (. 8-10).


Harvest leaves as needed for culinary or aromatic purposes. Pinching back the plant can promote bushier growth and more abundant flowering

Sage – Pineapple (Salvia elegans)

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