Pineapple sage facts

Pineapple sage possesses an incredible fruity fragrance. The red flowers are tubular which attracts humming birds which is a prime pollinator. The leaves and flowers are used to make a fragrant mild tea. This plant appears from mountains of Southern Mexico. This perennial plant grows up to 1-1.5 m in height. The crushed leaves have a scent. The leaf surfaces have short and fine hairs.

Name Pineapple Sage
Scientific Name Salvia elegans
Native Mexico and Guatemala. It reside Madrean and Mesoamerican pine oak forest between 6,000 and 9,000 ft. (1,800 and 2,700 m).
Common/English Name Pineapple Sage, Honey Melon Sage, Pineapple Scented Sage, Tangerine Sage
Name in Other Languages Finnish: Ananassalvia;
French: Sauge Ananas;
German: Ananas-Salbei;
Mexico: Flor del Cerro;
Portuguese: Sábio Abacaxi;
Swedish: Ananassalvia
Plant Growth Habit Semi woody, subshrub
Growing Climate Mild
Soil Fertile, moist and well drained
Plant Size Height: 1-1.5 m
Lifespan Perennial
Stem Pubescent, squarish
Leaf Opposite, simple, pale green, elliptic, grey-green; Length: 5-10 cm
Flowering Season Autumn-spring
Flower Hermaphrodite, ruby red, Length:2.5-5 cm
Nutlet Glabrous ovoid
Seed Small, football shaped, dark colored
Health Benefits
  • Depression
  • Hypertension
  • Constipation
  • Body heat
  • Assist digestion
  • Heart burn
Traditional uses
  • It provides relief from anxiety.
  • The plant is used for healing purposes and also lowers blood pressure.
  • This herb calms the nervous system, serves as a tonic, improves digestive system and treats heartburn.
  • It also treats depression.
  • This herb treats snake bites, infection, eye problems, epilepsy, memory loss, intoxication, intestinal problems and worms.
  • It is also used as an aphrodisiac.
  • It possesses adaptogenic properties.
  • It should not be used for more than one month.
  • The tea of Pineapple sage should not be consumed for more than 10 days.
  • The pregnant and breast feeding women should avoid it.
  • It may interact with the sedative medications.
  • It may cause sleepiness.
  • The people should consult the health practitioner.
  • One cup of herbal infusion is recommended in a day.
  • One should be aware of the side effects.
  • It may cause convulsions when taken in excessive amounts.
How to Eat
  • The red flowers are used in salads.
  • The leaves are added to savory dishes.
  • The leaves and flowers are added to salads or desserts.
  • The flowers are used in jam or jelly concoctions and potpourri.
  • It is added to pork or chicken recipes.
  • It is used in sponge cakes.
  • It is used on waffles, pancakes, ice cream and fruit salads.
  • The flowers are fruit puddings, fruit cocktails, garnish and dessert.
  • The leaves are kneaded to raisin dough bread.
  • The fresh leaves are steeped in a hot apple juice.
  • Leaves are used to brew tea.