Delicious pineapple sage and Saucy Red Salvia make
quite a partnership in this mixed container.
is an old adage that you canít have your cake and eat
it too, which is most likely correct, but with Golden
Delicious I assure you, you can have your pineapple and
eat it too. Well maybe I should clarify; we arenít
taking fruit, but the most luscious sage on the planet.
Delicious pineapple sage made its debut about 15 years
ago and has steadily climbed in popularity winning
awards across the country. Once you grow it, youíll
never want to be without it. Just merely brushing up
against the leaves will leave you in a state of
fragrance of the leaves also constitutes the flavors for
drinks, jams and cream cheese. Then for the ultimate
WOW, consider that golden chartreuse is the hottest
color in the garden. Everything looks better partnered
with Golden Delicious.
these attributes alone would make it a must-have plant
but consider in the fall it sends out brilliant red
blossoms that bring in both hummingbirds and
butterflies. These blossoms, too, are edible if you are
favorite usage is as pocket or filler plant in mixed
containers. But, I am also using them in the landscape
where they are like golden lanterns growing with cupheas
and blue salvias.
pineapple sage is known botanically as Salvia elegans
and is native to Tropical Mexico and Guatemala. Despite
this natural proclivity for the tropics it does very
well in the United States as an annual or as a perennial
in zones 8 and warmer. Occasionally youíll find them
return in zone 7, which is a cause for celebration.
I have seen the pineapple sage in full sun, I think it
is a happier plant in morning sun and afternoon shade.
As mentioned above, the soil must be well drained.
Remember the key to the green thumb is how brown it gets
first in soil preparation.
on raised beds or amend heavy, tight soils with the
addition of compost or humus. Well-drained soil will
encourage a spring return further north than expected.
preparing the soil incorporate 2 pounds of a
slow-release fertilizer like 12-6-6 per 100 square feet
of bed space. Space the plants 24 inches apart planting
at the same depth they are growing in the container.
They can reach 36 to 48 inches in height.
tough plants, remember to give supplemental water during
prolonged dry periods. In the fall, once the plant has
received significant frost damage, prune to the ground
and give an added layer of mulch for protection. You
might want to take a few cuttings in the fall before the
frost damage has occurred.
in the spring feed your salvias with a light application
of fertilizer with the emergence of growth and every 6
to 8 weeks through September. You may wish to pinch a
couple of times to maintain bushiness. If you want to
use leaves for flavoring then harvest the young tender
foliage early in the morning.
the landscape, the pineapple sage is well suited to a
number of uses, from the herb garden, tropical garden,
cottage garden and the backyard wildlife habitat. In
addition to the Golden Delicious and the Proven Winners
Rockiní Golden Delicious, you may also find the
typical green-leafed form.
itís the leaves that are always a treat, yielding the
aroma and flavor as if you had just opened a can of Del
Monte Crushed Pineapple. The ruby throated hummingbird
relishes the nectar in the scarlet flowers as much as
the culinary artist will enjoy using the leaves to
flavor drinks and cream cheese spreads.