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Salvia spathacea

  • Common Name
    Hummingbird Sage
  • CA Native
    California Native
  • Plant Type
  • Size
    2' x 4' - 5'
  • Flower Color
    Magenta Pink
  • Bloom Time
    • Spring
  • Leaves
    Sticky, Arrow-Shaped Green Leaves
  • Evergreen
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Hummingbirds
  • Growth Rate
  • Hardiness
  • Adverse Growth Factors
  • Special Features
    • Good Under Oaks
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Drought Tolerant
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    6.5-7.5 (neutral)
  • Exposure
    • Partial Shade
    • Shade
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Well Drained
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This is a good plant for dry, shady gardens. It has a mound-forming structure up to 2' tall and produces spikes of magenta pink flowers that can reach 30 inches tall.  Hummingbird Sage is a natural component of oak woodlands so it can be planted under oaks and only requires minimal summer watering to keep it looking good. This plant sends out long rhizomes so it can spread rapidly under the right conditions. Fragrant leaves can be dried and used in tea.

    Tolerates clay and sepentine but needs good drainage so plant slightly above soil grade. In coastal areas it can be planted on north slopes in full sun  Plant in shady locations inland. Looks best with some summer water since it will go semi-dormant with too little water. Cut back in January for more compact growth.

    As noted in the common name, this plant is loved by hummingbirds. Bees also appreciate its early blooms.

    Plant die-back and root rot occur when watered too much. Hot summer sun can also kill them.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This is a great plant for under oaks.

  • Varietals
    N / A