Salvia camertonii Regel
Salvia incarnata Cav.
Salvia longiflora Sessé & Moc.
Salvia microcalyx Scheele
Salvia microculis Poir.
Salvia punicea M.Martens & Galeotti
Salvia rutilans Carrière
Common Name: Pineapple Sage
Pineapple sage is an evergreen, perennial plant growing about 1 metre tall.
The leaves are sometimes used as a flavouring with the scent of pineapple. The plant is often cultivated in herb gardens.
C. America - Guatemala, north to Mexico.
|Pollinators||Bees, Humming birds
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
A plant of mainly higher elevations in the tropics, where it is usually found at elevations above 1,700 metres. The plant tolerates temperatures down to between -5 and -10°c[
Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a warm sunny position[
]. Prefers a rich soil[
]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[
There are some named varieties. 'Scarlet Pineapple' has leaves with a pineapple-like scent[
The flowers are very attractive to bees, providing a good source of nectar[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The leaves have a pleasant scent of pineapple and can be used fresh or dried as a flavouring[
]. They are added to cold drinks and fruit salads, fresh leaves can be placed under sponge cake mixtures to give a subtle scent, whilst the fresh or dried leaves can be added to savoury dishes to give a sausage-like flavour[
An infusion of the leaves is drunk as a tea[
Flowers - raw[
]. Eaten in salads, they have an excellent, sweet, fruity flavour[
Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse[
]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[
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