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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7b -15 °C (5 °F) to -12.2 °C (10 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: to 3 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Magenta
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Tolerates dry shade
Propagation: Seeds: Needs specific temperature: 65 degrees
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: UC Davis Arboretum All Star

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 11:35 PM

"Salvia spathacea (pitcher sage or hummingbird sage) is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to southern and central California growing from sea level to 2,001 feet. This fruity scented sage blooms in March to May with typically dark rose-lilac colored flowers. It is cultivated in gardens for its attractive flowering spikes and pleasant scent.

The pitcher sage is found in the California coast ranges from the Sacramento Valley south to the San Diego area. It is a common species that grows on open or shady slopes in moist oak woodland, chaparral, and coastal sage scrub not far from the Pacific Ocean.

S. spathacea is an evergreen perennial with flowering stems growing from a woody base, 12–59 inches tall. When not flowering plants grow less than 20 inches tall, forming clumps of sprawling foliage. Unlike most sages, the flowering stems are produced singly from each plant and only rarely branch. It spreads by rhizomes and can form colonies up to 51 inches in diameter. Like many species in the mint family it has very pronounced square stems, and the entire plant is covered with wavy glandular hairs."

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Plant Events from our members
MunchkinsMom On June 5, 2016 Deadheaded
May have cut off too low.
MunchkinsMom On March 15, 2016 Bloomed
About 32" tall, date approximate
MunchkinsMom On October 26, 2015 Transplanted
Small Bed 4" pot, about 6" tall
MunchkinsMom On September 24, 2015 Obtained plant
Fair Oaks Nursery 4" pot
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Salvia of the Day: Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea 'King Crimson') by Marilyn Oct 23, 2016 11:42 PM 1
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Salvia of the Day: Apricot Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea 'Cerro Alto') by Marilyn Jul 22, 2016 6:43 PM 1
Salvia of the Day: Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea 'Apricot') by Marilyn Jul 16, 2016 11:32 PM 1

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