Hummingbird sage – salvia spathacea – is a member of the salvia famnily, and is found throughout the woodland environment of California. It’s smallish – about a foot tall – and has dark green leaves and the most complex little flowers with the strangest shapes. Spring is always around the corner when they appear, In a drought-ridden environment, such as ours, salvia plants add a lot to your garden. This particular sage may or may not appeal to the gardener on a practical level – propagation is not only by seeds, but underground rhizomes, which could become a bit overwhelming.
I went out looking for spring wildflowers this weekend and took a number of photographs. Everywhere were blooms – wildflowers and domestic ones, all in the local botanical garden. Hummingbird sage is one of my favorites. I didn’t catch the fuschia-pink of the flower, nor the softness, but the shape worked out fairly well.