Hummingbird Hooch

|Salvia iodantha-Mexican Fuchsia Sage|

|Salvia iodantha-Mexican Fuchsia Sage|

There are sages and then there are sages.  This is one of those sages.  Salvia iodantha.  I planted this one year in my garden and it went off!  In a good way.  This is one sexy sage.  First up, it produces seductive new growth flushed with a reddish wine color.  Then in late winter/early spring it begins to flower.  Magnificent yet delicately small fuchsia flared trumpets bloom up fine green stems alerting the local hummingbirds and butterflies that the lounge is now open.  These flowers are packed with a nectar so sweet, for the average hummingbird, resistance is futile.  Now this shrub can get on the large side.  It can grow up to 10 feet tall by 6 feet wide with scandent stems that weave their way through any other plants around it creating a look of mystery and intrigue.  However,  you can keep it in check by giving it a  good trim once every season.  This will encourage bushier growth and abundant flowering.  It also can be grown in a large container.  Look for it.  Plant it!