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Salvia spathacea

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Salvia spathacea
Salvia spathacea
Salvia spathacea
Salvia spathacea
Salvia spathacea over a period of time will colonize.
Salvia spathacea over a period of time will colonize.

Species Name: Salvia spathacea
Common Name: Hummingbird Sage

VERY fragrant foliage. Slowly spreads to form a colony. Hummingbirds love the flowers! Recommended under the shade of oaks.

Plant Family: Lamiaceae
Plant Type: Perennial
Height by Width: 2' H, spreading
Growth Habit: Clumping, spreading
Deciduous/Evergreen: Semi-evergreen
Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
Soil Preference: Adaptable
Water Requirements: Drought-tolerant to occasional
Cold Hardy to: 20 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring/Summer
Flower Color: Magenta
Endangered?: Not listed
Distribution: Southern Sacramento Valley (Solano Co.), Central Western CA, South Coast, Transverse Range
Natural Habitat: Oak Woodland, chaparral, coastal sage scrub, open or shady places to 2,400'

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Care and Maintenance

  • Introduced into cultivation in California by Theodore Payne.
  • From California Native Plants, Theodore Payne's 1941 catalog: "A robust growing plant with large handsome leaves and spikes of red flowers. Does best in shade or partial shade. Gallon cans, 35c."
Other Names
  • Bornstein, Carol, David Fross, and Bart O'Brien. California Native Plants for the Garden. Los Olivos, CA: Cachuma Press. 2005.
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