You may consider planting Salvia Sage for hummingbirds. There are both annual and perennial varieties in many colors and can be another addition to your hummingbird garden. It is the largest genus of the mint family.
As there are many flowers frequented by hummingbirds, let me describe the salvia to help you decide if it is the best flower for your garden.
There are more than 700 species both annual and perennial.
They are lovely spikes of flowers, tubular in shape and range in size from
10 inches to 60 inches tall.
The bright red salvia is best for hummingbirds but we have seen them visiting other colors often such as the purple salvia and mixed salvia.
All Salvia Sage has a high nectar count needed by hummingbirds. So, planting any variety of Salvia Sage for hummingbirds will supply their needed nectar.
From Our Flower Shop:
Royal Red Sage
This sensational perennial is the result of crossing 2 Salvias to produce a cold hardy plant that produces lots of flowers. The strong growing plants cover themselves with brilliant red flowers throughout the summer and are a beacon for hummers and butterflies. Easy to grow in hot dry weather, and adaptable to poor sandy and clay soils. Blooms mid-summer to fall. Deer resistant. Grows 3-4' tall. Plant 24" apart. Zones 5-9.BUY Royal Red Sage
Hummingbirds do not have a sense of smell but are attracted to bright colors especially red.
I chose to plant the red 10” annual as a border around my hummingbird flower garden. I don’t usually plant annuals but Salvia is one of my exceptions becoming convinced the first year. No sooner had I planted the beautiful blooms when they were almost immediately visited by my hummingbirds.
Care of Salvia Sage for Hummingbirds
How to grow annual Salvia
How to grow perennial Salvia
Follow directions above for annual Salvia with these exceptions:
Happy gardening for hummingbirds!!
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