The flowers are reminiscent of Honeysuckle and make a colourful addition to salads, fruit cocktails or any garnish. They can be sugared and used to garnish cakes or cookie platters.
Fresh sprigs of pineapple sage can be added to cold drinks and fruit salads. The fresh or dried leaves will give a sage-like aroma to pork dishes.Medicinal: Pineapple sage has anti-depressant and anti-anxiety properties and will balance the nervous system. Pineapple sage can also benefit digestion, heartburn and is a general tonic.
Other Traditional uses:
Pineapple sage is frost tender and in cold climates, will die back in winter. Prune it back at the beginning of spring. It needs full sun, well-drained soil and is a good container plant. The red flowers are attractive to Sugar birds. Use pineapple sage in the center of beds and at the back of beds, where it will not hide other plants.