Pineapple sage.

Newsgroups: alt.folklore.herbs
Subject: Re: Pineapple Sage
From: (Coeli)
Date: 2 Jun 1995 23:17:09 -0400

I was pleased to see this thread: I have been assigned this plant to grow for the Phila Flower Show next March. I have it in the regular bed; should I move it to a herb planter? I am glad hummingbirds like it. It is not on the list of plants to bring in for them. Should I protect it with a sleeve?

From: (Little Pua)

I have grown pineapple sage in my flower bed two years in a row. It has not come back after winter, but luckily the small plant is cheap to buy. The plant is listed as half hardy. This plant starts out small, but by the end of the season it is 4 to 5 feet tall with red trumpet like flowers. The flowers do not bloom until the end of the summer and the hummingbirds love it. I pinch back my plants when they are small at the beginning of the season to make it more bushy all though it will bush out on its own. The stalks become thick and woody and of course the leaves are pineapple scented and flavored. Treat it like you would other sage. They like full sun and light dry, alkaline soil that is well drained. Mine have grown in clay soil the has been heavily amended with compost and a little sand. The leaves can be used like you use other sage leaves, such as in cooking and decorative uses.