Hummingbirds Love This Plant
Grow this nectar-rich salvia to feed more hummingbirds.
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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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