I'm planning plants for our new garden and Pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) is on the list--beautiful red tubular flowers, easy care, fragrant leaves for a tangy tea (said to be good for digestion, calming the nerves and promoting general health) and it feeds butterflies and hummingbirds. What more could a person ask?
Planted where it wants to grow and given a modicum of water, pineapple sage will bloom for months during warm-to-cool weather (in our region that's February/March-May/June and September/October-December/January), making it a welcome sight to spring hummingbird migrants, late-fall-migrating hummingbirds or overwintering hummers.
The best location for pineapple sage has morning sun and protection from blazing afternoon rays; good soil instead of our thin-clay-over-limestone strata, which means I'll build a raised bed and fill it with enriched, well-drained soil. The sage isn't a water hog but weekly deep waterings will help it during the scorch of summer.
In good conditions, plants will grow from three to four feet wide and high.
The only pests we ever had on the plants were deer. In years with good rain and plenty of food the deer left it alone. But when times were hard, they nibbled it down.
Pregnant doe noshing on pink skullcap, another plant they typically don't eat.
I can't wait to look out my back windows and see flowers, butterflies and hummers this year.
Maybe you'll find room in your yard for a bit of pineapple sage too.
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