Salvia spathacea

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Salvia spathacea
Salvia spathacea
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'

Hummingbird iconA.jpg Songbird iconA.jpg Oak iconA.jpg Butterfly iconA.jpg Clay iconA.jpg Fragrant iconA.jpg Slope iconA.jpg Container iconA.jpg

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.