By Lynn Herb of the Week for 18th April
With its gorgeous bright red flowers and fruity aroma it is no wonder
that the bees make a beeline for the pineapple sage in the garden.
This is an easy to grow herb that can quickly reach two metres high making it a spectacular perennial for autumn colour.
After the flowering period you can get stuck
in with the hedge clippers and trim it to shape or even cut it right back to ground
It will happily respond by growing pineapple scented leaves in summer and topping it off with its stunning red flowers in autumn.
pulling off the flowers and sucking the nectar from them.
Of course this is an opportunity to teach children about safety in the garden and that not all flowers or leaves are made to be put in ones mouth.
You can use the flowers and
chopped up leaves in salads both green and fruity types as well as in soups or
sprinkled over rice dishes or as an edible garnish on the plate.
It looks particularly stunning on chocolate deserts.
The sage family is large and includes varieties which are used for healing, for culinary purposes and as ornamentals.
The botanical name of the pineapple sage is salvia rutilans and it is an ideal herb for a children's herb garden with its easy care nature and fragrant appeal.