(Bolivian Sunset Hardy Gloxinia) These flowers have a glow that lights up a shady spot. Furry and rich in color - and two inches long - they are numerous to the point of almost hiding the attractive dark green leaves during their peak. This spectacular Gesneriad comes form high elevations in the Bolivian Andes, and is Zone 8 hardy with proper mulching.
Grow this special plant in a broken shade in a warm spot, and you will be rewarded with it's late Summer to Fall flower explosion. A great container plant, which allows one to use this great plant in colder Zones. A reliable herbaceous perennial, it is a bit late to emerge but blooms until the first frost.
Hummingbirds love Salvia (sage) nectar and are attracted to it by the bright colors of tubular sage blossoms. In particular, these little whirlybirds can easily spot flowers in the red spectrum, which is prevalent among sages. Here are some hummingbird gardening tips.