This colorful, easy to grow salvia goes by many common names. I think of it as hummingbird sage or Texas sage, but you may also hear it called blood sage or scarlet sage. (I usually relate “scarlet sage” to Salvia spendens, though.) Whatever you call this species, it’s a wonderful thing to have in the garden or containers for color from early or midsummer to frost when you give it an indoor start in spring. I like to save part of the seed packet for another sowing outdoors in June or even July, to have fillers I can tuck into garden gaps that inevitably appear in mid or late summer.
The bushy plants of hummingbird sage typically reach 2 to 3 feet tall, with small but abundant, bright red blooms along the upper part of the stems. As you can tell from the name, it’s practically a must-have if you want to welcome hummingbirds, and bees and butterflies like it too. Native to the southeastern U.S. as well as parts of central America, hummingbird sage can be perennial in Zones 8 or 9 to 10, or you can grow it as an annual pretty much anywhere. It usually prefers full sun but can also perform well in some shade, particularly in hot-summer areas. And, it may self-sow a bit, so you may get bonus seedlings in future years. That’s a lot of good stuff from one fuss-free flower!
Harvested in August through October 2021. At least 20 seeds.
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