Best Hummer Attracting Zone 5-hardy Perrenial Salvia?

rob_r(5)May 1, 2010

What are the best perrenial salvia hardy to zone 5, specifically S.E. Michigan, for attracting hummers? I'm relatively new to butterfly and hummingbird gardens. I don't think there are too many types that will survive through the Detroit winter. I would greatly appreciate any input from those with more experience.



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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

I'm in zone 6 and I don't see any of the hummer salvia as hardy. Most come from Central or South America. I have one which seems to be growing back from the roots this year. I think it is one of the greggi (sp?) types.

I buy new plants each year. They grow fast and it only takes about 10 plants to keep everyone happy.

    Bookmark   May 3, 2010 at 4:10PM
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Tiffany Marshall

I grow the salvia/sage that has the purple flowers. The hummers have visited that. The leaves are like massive clumps that look like some sort of vegetable leaves. I think the variety is May Night or something like that. If your talking about the annual red salvia, not sure, I just grow that as an annual here.

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 7:18AM
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The only salvia that might be close to being hardy in zone 5/6 would be some of the S. greggii .

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 12:02PM
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eigdeh(z6 NJ)

I am in zone 6 and have never had problems with my perennial salvia that are listed for zones 4 - 8. I have Salvia nemorosa and it has come back for 4 years now, stronger each year.


Here is a link that might be useful: link above

    Bookmark   May 8, 2010 at 2:23PM
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I am in zone 6 and my black and blue salvias have made it through 2 winters...but only the ones I planted on the south side up against my house.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2010 at 4:02PM
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harryshoe zone6 eastern Pennsylvania

I have never seen much hummer interest in the meadow sage types of salvia.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2010 at 9:54AM
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