Hummingbird Sage (Salvia spathacea) via

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Hummingbird sage” by Taken by Antandrusen:Image:Hummingbird_sage.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

This hardy, small clumping sage is a magnet for hummingbirds because of its spikes of deep magenta owers. This sage prefers shade to partial sun and requires moderate water although its root system helps it to survive drought. —

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 610 m (2,001 ft). 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. — Wikipedia

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Interesting Plant is a series from A Gardener’s Notebook blog and podcast that highlights the most interesting plants I find in my Internet and real-world travels — Douglas