With its pretty bright red flowers, pineapple sage is named for the aroma and taste of pineapple when its leaves are crushed. It is a member of the mint family, and native to the mountains of Mexico and Guatemala.
How to grow
Pineapple sage grows best in a fully sunny area and evenly moist soil. Plant it where you would like to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. You can propagate by planting rooted cuttings in pots, over wintering them indoors in a sunny location, and then plant in the garden in the spring.
Pineapple sage benefits cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, kale and kohlrabi by repelling a host of bothersome insects. It repels cabbage loppers, cabbage maggot, black flea beetles, cabbage moths and imported cabbageworms — all insects that infest cabbage and related vegetables.
The fragrance may lead one to wonder is pineapple sage edible? Indeed it is. Leaves of the pineapple sage plant may be steeped for teas and the minty-tasting blossoms can be used as an attractive garnish for salads and desserts. Leaves are best used fresh. The leaves make a lovely hued pesto and your dogs can safely enjoy them as well. … Marigold, Pineapple Sage, and Impatiens are also wonderful garden plants to add to your collection.
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