Chumash: pax Español: Diosa
Category: Perennial herb
Origin: Near the coast it is found in coastal strand or chaparral. Inland and slightly higher in elevation, it occurs in oak woodland and other woodland types.
Flower Color: Pink and red flowering spikes
Bloomtime: Year round, especially in Winter/Spring
Height: 1 - 3 ft.
Exposure: Shade, partly shady
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Alternate Names: Crimson Sage
Hummingbird sage is a magnet for pollinators. It supports bees, butterflies, moths and of course, hummingbirds. Its beautiful flowers have a wonderful fragrance and can be seen in the springtime. You will find this sage in shady spots with some moisture. It makes a beautiful ground cover as it spreads by its rhizomes.
The leaves have been used in tea as a decongestant by Native Americans and others. It makes a lovely tea with a bit of honey added. Salvia comes from the Latin salveo, “to save” which refers to the medicinal uses of many salvias