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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Salvia spathacea Greene
Hummingbird sage, Pitcher sage
USDA Symbol: sasp3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This perennial spreads by rhizomes and bears upright stems with several pairs of broad, quilted, light-green, aromatic leaves. The flower spikes rise above the leaves to 2-3 ft. in height and bear large, tubular, magenta-colored flowers.
As its name suggests, this plant is often visited by hummingbirds.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
CA Native Distribution:
C. & s. CA Coast Ranges Native Habitat:
Open or shaded slopes below 2000 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Various mesic to slightly moist soils. Conditions Comments:
is easy to grow and deer proof.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by divisions, rooted sections, or seed sown outdoors in fall.
Seed Collection: Collect the seeds as the capsules begin to dry but before they have dropped the seeds. Spread seeds in thin layers to dry a few days before storing in sealed, refrigerated containers.
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CA
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Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff