The Hummingbird sage is a small ground hugging perennial typically growing 12-18 in. tall and can form small groups and spread many feet across. Large textured leaves grow 4-6 in. long; vigorous spikes with colorful deep magenta-red flowers occur in early spring.
Hummingbird sage is native to foothill regions from Orange County to the Bay Area. It frequently grows as an understory plant to native oaks and on grassy slopes in the southern oak woodland plant community. It develops strong rhizomes below ground that enables it to survive summer drought. Leaves and stems die back under drought stress. This species is a unique flowering and foliage accent plant that can be used along natural borders, under trees and in native plant gardens.