From California Natives Wiki
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'
- 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.