Hummingbirds Love This Plant

Updated: Feb. 25, 2022

Grow this nectar-rich salvia to feed more hummingbirds.

hummingbird on mexican bush sageRichard Day/Daybreak Imagery

A Sweet Treat

Your backyard hummingbirds (and butterflies!) go crazy for the abundant nectar in the beautiful late-season purple-and-white blooms.

Mexican Bush Sage

  • Salvia leucantha
  • Annual to Zone 8
  • Perennial in Zones 8 to 10

In cool climates, treat this shrubby perennial as an annual and plant it as soon as the threat of frost has passed. It needs a long growing season and mild winter to survive.

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Attracts: Birds and butterflies.

Light needs: Full sun.

Size: 3 feet tall and wide.

Grown for: Showy, nectar-rich blooms that last from summer until frost.

Foliage: The leaves and flowers have a fuzzy, velvety texture.

Notable characteristics: This backyard favorite is low-maintenance, drought-tolerant and container-friendly.

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