Salvia spathacea

Hummingbird sage

Plant Type: Perennial
Sun: Partial Shade, Shade
Drainage: Medium
Water: Naturalize, Occasional
Height X Width: 3' X 6'
Santa Clara County Local: No
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Salvia spathacea, hummingbird sage, occurs sporadically in California’s coastal mountains from San Francisco to San Diego. It grows as a spreading clump of large dark green leaves which are rough textured, fragrant and slightly sticky. The leaves reach about two feet in height. The tall magenta flowers rise singly from the dark foliage. These are quite attractive to hummingbirds which will fiercely defend their patch. Hummingbird sage is an excellent candidate for dry shade, especially under oaks. If given ample shade it can be naturalized. In San Jose I have found that hummingbird sage looks best with just a few hours of sun each day during the growing season. A particularly low-growing population may be seen on Mount San Bruno in San Mateo County.


Deer Resistant: Yes
Attractive to Bees: Yes
Attractive to Butterflies: Yes
Good Under Oaks: Yes
Evergreen or Deciduous: Evergreen