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Salvia spathacea (Hummingbird sage)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Salvia spathacea

Salvia spathacea Greene

Hummingbird sage, Pitcher sage

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: sasp3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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 Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May

Distribution

USA: CA
Native Distribution: C. & s. CA Coast Ranges
Native Habitat: Open or shaded slopes below 2000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Various mesic to slightly moist soils.
Conditions Comments: This perennial is easy to grow and deer proof.

Propagation

Description: 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 on display at the following locations:

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA

Bibliography

Bibref 995 - Native Landscaping from El Paso to L.A. (2000) Wasowski, S. and A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Salvia spathacea in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Salvia spathacea in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Salvia spathacea

Metadata

Record Modified: 2009-02-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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