Salvia – Wild Thing Sage
Major Award Winner
If you enjoy watching hummingbirds darting and dancing among brilliant pink blossoms, you’ve hit the jackpot with Wild Thing Sage, Salvia. Remarkably, Wild Thing Sage brings blooming display of flowers from June into October. It’s a snap to grow and requires only minimal care and occasional supplemental water once established.
It gets its tough as nails constitution from its parents, Salvia greggii, the U.S. native that naturally can be found in the Southwest U.S. into Mexico. Wild Thing Sage adapts to low water use and temperature extremes. A bit hardier than most Salvia greggii, Wild Thing is hardy to zone 5b (St Louis, we’re zone 6). A favorite of hummingbirds, Wild Thing Sage also attracts butterflies, bees and other important pollinators. If you really want the hummingbirds, try planting 3 together. Keep your camera close, you’re going to want a memory of all the action. A major award winner, it was named a Plant Select for its outstanding qualities. According to Plant Select:
To encourage the most dazzling display of blooms, cut back established plantings of these semi-woody plants by 1/3 to 1/2 after the weather warms in spring. The resulting vigorous new growth yields a more profuse production of buds and blooms.
Spectacular in containers it also looks beautiful in the garden. A fantastic companion to the native grasses Little Bluestem and Prairie Dropseed. Deer and rabbit resistant. It grows 18-24″ tall and wide and prefers full sun. Drought tolerant once established.
Plant in full sun in well-draining soils. Cut back spent flower stalks to encourage more flowering. Can be planted in your hottest, driest spots. Keep well watered until established. Mulch well for winter. Planting in a protected area will help plants survive winter.