Exotic #2:
Salvia guaranitica

Giant Blue Sage (Salvia guaranitica)

Photo © Art Leat
Giant Blue Sage, Salvia guaranitica, which grows in large clusters up to 2m in height, demonstrates that flowers don't have to be red to attract Ruby-throated Hummingbirds. This plant blooms best when cut back to ground level each fall. The photo was taken by Art Leat and submitted to the Operation RubyThroat Web site by Bill Wood of Keithville, Louisiana, in whose yard the plant--reportedly a variety called "Costa Rice Blue"--was growing.

If you have a sharp photo of this hummingbird flower you would like to contribute for this page, please send it to PROJECTS with info about when and where the photo was taken, the photographer's name, and any anecdotal info about the plant.


Blooms all summer & early fall
Sun or shade
Zones 7-11
NOTE: We are not horticulturists, so we regret we can't answer specific questions about how to plant and propagate hummingbird flowers, but your local agriculture extension office or Master Gardener group may be able to help. We're also unable to provide names of sources from which you can order plants.

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