Pineapple Sage & Honey-eaters

April 30th, 2010

Pineapple Sage

Out in the back garden my Pineapple Sage {salvia elegans} has burst into full flower and this has brought all the little honey-eaters to visit my garden every day!  I have a special view from my kitchen sink, so entertaining while washing dishes!  Lucky me!  Pineapple sage is a wonderful plant with bright red tubular flowers that honey-eaters love to draw nectar from.  You can use the flowers in salads or if you are out in the garden you can pluck one and sip the nectar yourself, but you do feel a little guilty doing this as the poor little honey-eaters flutter about and look at you in a reproachful sort of way.

The bright red flower of the Pineapple Sage

I love my Pineapple Sage, it is really easy to grow and produces a distinctive pineapple smell when the leaves are brushed as you walk past or when you are in amongst it weeding.  You can’t use the leaves in cooking at all but you can use the flowers.  A friend of mine makes a delicious salad with red, yellow and green peppers, salad mix, then tosses the flowers through, it looks very pretty but I don’t use the flowers at all myself.  I grow the plant only to attract the birds. 

Happy gardening!

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3 Responses to “Pineapple Sage & Honey-eaters”

  1. Bernieh Says:

    It is a beauty. I’ve never thought about using the flowers in a salad … it would surely look fantastic!

    I grow lots of Salvia elegans myself … but I have the pastel shades, which I love. I really must get this gorgeous red. Yours would be a great sight from your kitchen window.

  2. Gillian Says:

    I love honeyeaters, and this sounds wonderful – pineapple smell mmm. I do like to put nasturtiums in my salads.

  3. Mandy Says:

    Hey there Gillian, that is a great idea nasturtiums do look lovely in salads & the leaves are nice too to give that little tang.

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