General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 3 - 4 feet
Plant Spread: 3 - 4 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Uses: Provides winter interest
Culinary Herb
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Tea
Wildlife Attractant: Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Humidity tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Stolons and runners
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Pineapple Sage

Pineapple Sage (Salvia elegans) was a featured
Plant of the Day for October 11, 2015.
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  • Posted by RickCorey (Everett WA 98204 - Zone 8a) on Sep 8, 2011 7:09 PM concerning plant:
    Leaves fragrant, used to make tea or jelly. Edible flowers attract bees & butterflies.
    Semi-erect growth habit. Bag seed heads to collect seed. Seed doesn't store well.
    Provenance: Mexico. Older name: S. rutilans. Family: Lamiaceae.
    Grows as annual in Zone 6.
    Other propagation method: softwood cuttings.
    Height 36" to 48", prefers full sun.
    Spacing: 24" to 36"
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 10:07 PM concerning plant:
    "Salvia elegans, commonly called Pineapple sage or Tangerine Sage, is a perennial shrub native to Mexico and Guatemala. It inhabits Madrean and Mesoamerican pine-oak forests between 6,000 and 9,000 feet.

    S. elegans has tubular red flowers and an attractive scent to the leaves that is similar to pineapple. It produces numerous erect leafy stems and flowers in the late autumn. The red flowers are attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies. In a highland temperate forest in central Mexico, pineapple sage was found to be one of the three most-visited species by hummingbirds. It is a short-day plant. The flowering season in Mexico is August onward; further north it may not flower till later autumn, and if there are no frosts, it may flower till spring.

    In cultivation, Pineapple sage grows to 3.9 to 4.9 feet tall, with the roots extending underground to form a large clump. The pale yellow-green leaves are veined, and covered with fine hairs. Six to twelve scarlet flowers grow in whorls, with a long inflorescence that blooms gradually and over a prolonged period of time. With a hard frost, the plant will die down to the ground and grow back the following spring. Pineapple sage was introduced into horticulture about 1870.

    The leaves and flowers of S. elegans are edible. The plant is extensively used in Mexican traditional medicine, especially for the treatment of anxiety, and also for lowering of blood pressure. Although scientific information about these medicinal properties is scarce, a preliminary study on mice found support for the plant potentially having antidepressant and antianxiety properties. Pineapple sage has also been shown to have a dose-dependent antihypertensive effect, attributed to its action as an angiotensin II receptor antagonist and inhibitor of the angiotensin converting enzyme."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

  • Posted by longk (Oxford UK - Zone 8a) on May 29, 2017 2:28 AM concerning plant:
    Not hardy where I live in the UK, but I've found the best way to propagate is from the root runners, which can be potted up with 100% success.
    Late blooming.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Dec 8, 2011 6:55 PM concerning plant:
    This year I planted Pineapple Sage in a 24 inch tall plastic container. (the other years I planted it in 20 inch plastic containers). Even though it had other plants in the container this year, it still did a lot better. It didn't seem to wilt as much or at all this year. I do remember adding some compost into the potting soil, so that might've been the trick too!

    From now on, this is the container size and I'll have to remember to add compost into the potting soil! Also, I'm thinking about planting it by itself. I think it will do even better with no competition.
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still no blooms
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