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PlantFiles: Giant Hummingbird Sage
Salvia spathacea 'Powerline Pink'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: spathacea (spath-ay-SEE-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Powerline Pink

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive MulchingMan On Nov 4, 2013, MulchingMan from Eugene, OR wrote:

Like the straight species, Powerline Pink also does well in the Pacific Northwest. It's much larger and grows faster than the species, with slightly darker pink flowers. Powerline likes full to partial sun and tends to do better in the former, as the stress keeps the large (sometimes very large) flower stalk from growing too fast and flopping over. From what I can tell, it seems a little more drought-tolerant than the straight S. spathacea.

Neutral Sandwichkatexan On May 31, 2012, Sandwichkatexan from Copperas Cove, TX wrote:

Just purchased and planted today may 31st 2012 . I hope this does beautifully and if so I plan to purchase more . Will post pics as soon as I know if it does well and blooms here . Planted it right next to salvia patens guanajuato . the two colors should contrast each other nicely .

Positive BajaBlue On Oct 7, 2009, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Common name: Giant Hummbingbird Sage.

A large flowered Hummingbird Sage that has been very stable
in most gardens.

Give sun or part sun, regular water with good drainage or less water with poor drainage. Flower spikes can be 3 ft.tall and look like a pink digitalis, but are used by the birds.

The name was given by Las Pilitas Nursery & came from its growing under the powerlines and being pink.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Long Beach, California
San Francisco, California
Eugene, Oregon
Copperas Cove, Texas

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