royal-ass purple

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canyon sage
Salvia lycioides
lamiaceae

  • PLANTS 1-1.5' TALL and wide

  • PERENNIAL

  • regular water (low zone)

  • FULL SUN TO PART SHADE

  • HARDY TO ABOUT MID single digitsº F

  • NECTAR PLANT FOR HUMMINGBIRDS, BUTTERFLIES, AND INSECTS

Not all hummingbird flowers need to be bloody red! Some can be royal-ass purple. 

Canyon salvia (Salvia lycioides) has said royal-ass purple flowers. This species is a perennial native to a wide area ranging from west Texas and New Mexico in the US, south through Mexico to the state of San Luis Potosi. It typically grows on dry limestone hills and canyons above 5,000 feet elevation. 

Somewhat new to cultivation, this species is tidier than its relative, autumn sage (Salvia greggii), growing only to about a foot or so wide and tall. It should probably have a little more water than autumn sage as well. 

Flowers emerge in spring and continue until late fall, though sometimes this species takes a short break in the middle of summer (don't we all). 

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Katherine Gierlach