Salvia spathacia is one of the first
plants to bloom in the Oak Woodland each winter. The list of plants that can grow well
under oak trees is limited because shade plants often require more water than the oak's
roots can survive. Because Hummingbird Sage is a natural component of the oak
woodland it can thrive on what makes other plants wilt. It does look
its best with a little additional summer water but not so much that it might damage the
Oaks. I water when there are cool cycles between the heat spells. In this case a
little goes a long way. The natural analogue to this irrigation would be fog drip off the trees.
Problems with the plants often relate to hot weather and excess water with inadequate drying between
watering cycles. Other common names that are applied to this plant are Crimson Sage and
Pitcher Sage. Salvia spathacia is a great addition to the Butterfly
Garden as well as the Hummingbird
Garden, as one might expect from the name. This sage is a great choice for
High resolution photos of Salvia spathecia are part of our garden image collection.