Hummingbird Sage

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Who wants Hummingbirds? Of course, we all do! Hummingbirds adore the fruity-scented, fuchsia flowers produced by this hardy native Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea)! If you are committed to protecting these amazing little creatives, and encouraging them into your garden, then this native perennial is a must-have to provide a critical nectar source!

One of Hummingbird Salvia's best features is the extremely unique spires of vertical blooms produced in profusion from winter to summer throughout warm, frost-free climates of USDA planting zones 7 to 10! The plum two-foot tall stems with plum-purple sepals lining the dark stems create intricate tall spires, held aloft over the furry, sweetly fragrant mounds of leaves!

These sepals become festooned in brilliant magenta-pink tubular flowers, perfect for the proboscis of bees and butterflies, Hummingbird Moths, and the beaks of Hummingbirds! They are gorgeous and will draw in your beneficial insects with a sweet, fruit scent that will permeate your entire landscape. What a nice way to welcome spring every year! Don't forget to bring a few of these scented blooms indoors for your bouquets!

Planting and Application:

Hummingbird Meadow Sage is an herbaceous perennial that can be massed or grouped in dry, xeric stretches and hell strips throughout your landscape! Mass on a hard-to-mow sunny hillside or eroding slope, along the fronts of garden beds as edging, or in winding ribbons of color along sun-drenched pathways, sidewalks, or the roadside strip. A member of the Mint family, this place will happily grow to cover ground for you with its gradual creeping and colonizing nature!

The ideal low-growing specimen for use in mixed perennial and mixed shrub borders, Cottage and Rock Gardens, and of course any pollinator and Hummingbird-attracting setting! Wildflower and Prairie gardens, even Cut Flower gardens bring in your flying friends! Set up a hummingbird feeder and plenty of safe watering stations for your many visitors so they feel right at home.

Growing just 18 inches wide at maturity, the leafy clumps and their tall blooms look great in large planters and porch containers on your sun-drenched patios, seating areas, and even balconies! Spectacular as a space-saving specimen, any full sun location will suit these hot-climate sun-loving perennials beautifully!

  • Dark Blue/Purple Florets On Dark-Stemmed Spires
  • Dark Green Clumps of Aromatic Greenery
  • True Dwarf Compact Mounds
  • Pollinator, Bee, Butterfly & Hummingbird-Friendly
  • Gorgeous Container Specimens, Borders & Edging & Space-Saving Accents

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Salvia and Perennial Sages are wonderful perennials for attracting wildlife, and easy enough to grow for the inexperienced or busy gardener! Grow these heat-loving plants in full sun for the most blooms and the strongest growth. Salvia needs very well-drained soil and moderate moisture, becoming xeric once established, requiring only supplemental moisture during extended heat and drought to not miss a moment of those richly-colored flowers. Plant with Nature Hills Root Booster and top-dress the area with 3-4 inches of arborist mulch for insulation, moisture retention, and to block weeds.

Deadhead Salvia for frequent rebloom until frost. If your plant becomes leggy, pinch back in spring or cut back plants by half after the first flush of flowers. Prune back in the late fall for a clean, even flush of growth. These perennials appreciate being divided every 3-5 years to maintain their growing vigor.

  • Humidity & Heat Tolerant - Full Sun Perennials
  • Needs Well-Drained Soils
  • Drought Resistant Once Established
  • Deadhead For Return Blooms & Prune Early Spring
  • Incredibly Hardy, Rabbit & Deer Resistant

Hurry and order the incredible winter-to-summer hummingbird-friendly blooms of the Hummingbird Perennial Sage today and enjoy garden visitors galore! You'll be so glad you did your part to help native wildlife! Now at!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Hummingbird Sage Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-10
Growing Zones 7-10
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salvia spathacea
Type Perennial
Mature Height 1 - 2 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Color Magenta-Pink & Plum
Foliage Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time After Flowering
Fragrant Yes