Pineapple sage is a shrubby perennial with bright green, ovate
pointed leaves that smell like fresh pineapple when crushed. It is
very showy and bears whorls of vibrant red flowers in summer.
Pineapple sage is frost tender and in cold climates, will die
back in winter. Prune it back at the beginning of spring. It needs
full sun, well-drained soil and is a good container plant. The red
flowers are attractive to Sugar birds. Use pineapple sage in the
center of beds and at the back of beds, where it will not hide other
Pineapple sage is a popular plant all over the world - it is native
to the oak and pine scrub forests in the highlands of Mexico and
Harvest and parts used: The leaves and flowers.
Pineapple sage leaves are edible and can be steeped in hot water to
make a herbal tea.
The flowers are reminiscent of Honeysuckle and make a colourful
addition to salads, fruit cocktails or any garnish. Their vibrant
red colour compliments many dishes. They can be sugared and used to
garnish cakes or cookie platters.
Fresh sprigs of pineapple sage can be added to cold drinks and fruit
salads. The fresh or dried leaves will give a sage-like aroma to
Pineapple sage has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties and
will balance the nervous system. It is used extensively in Mexican
traditional medicine, especially for the treatment of anxiety.
Pineapple sage can also benefit digestion, heartburn and is a