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Salvia spathacea 'Yellow"

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(Yellow Hummingbird Sage or Yellow Pitcher Sage) A rare yellow Salvia spathacea discovered in an oak woodland by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden volunteer Avis Keedy produces the seedlings for these vigorous sages.

Price: $12.50
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Common name
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Yellow Hummingbird Sage or Yellow Pitcher Sage
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
8 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
24"/24"/42"
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Well drained & rich
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes
Hummingbird plant? Yes
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(Yellow Hummingbird Sage or Yellow Pitcher Sage) A rare yellow Salvia spathacea discovered in an oak woodland by Santa Barbara Botanic Garden volunteer Avis Keedy produces the seedlings for these vigorous sages.

To produce Salvia spathacea 'Yellow' plants we select only Salvia spathacea 'Avis Keedy' seedlings that develop into plants without red pigment. Most of the plants grown from this breeding stock bear flowers in the yellow range. But these are unbloomed seedlings, and are not guaranteed to have yellow flowers.

Most types of Hummingbird Sage (also called Pitcher Sage) yield flowers in varying shades of pink to magenta. Depending on the cultivar, bracts range from reddish-green to reddish-gray. In contrast, Yellow Hummingbird Sage has bright green bracts and leaves. Its foliage is also less lobed than that of red-pigmented cultivars.

Hummingbird Sage is native to California and originates nowhere else in the wild. It didn't begin appearing in gardens until the 1970s. All varieties create excellent, long blooming groundcover, because their underground runners form clumps. They're also known for fuzzy, sticky, richly scented foliage and thick, sturdy flower spikes.

Heat tolerant and drought resistant, Hummingbird Sage works well in dry gardens as well as ones that receive average watering. Plant it in rich, well-drained soil and a location with full sun to partial shade. Morning sun and afternoon shade is a good combination.

Similar to other types of Hummingbird Sage, Salvia spathacea 'Yellow' is a rich source of nectar for hummingbirds.