Hummingbird sage (Salvia spathacea) is another native that I really like. It’s a low growing sage that spreads by rhizomes and can colonize a whole area. When a colony is in bloom, there are so many hummingbirds it can sound like a swarm of bees.

Beyond the flower and the low growth habit, one of the other things I really like about it is it’s ability to thrive under live oaks, pine and eucalyptus — all trees known for being notorious allelopaths (i.e., they secrete chemicals that make it difficult for plants to germinate and grow under them). The sages in the photo are growing under both a pine and a eucalyptus and they’re doing just fine.

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Sage Osterfeld
I’m just a guy with nearly an acre of dirt, a nice little mid-century ranch house and a near-perfect climate. But in my mind I’m a landscaper survivalist craftsman chef naturalist with a barbeque the size of a VW and my own cable TV show. I like to write about the stuff I build, grow and see here at Sage's Acre.