||wildflowers|height 12"|spread 10"|part shade/full shade|red flowers in Summer|attracts hummingbirds/butterflies||
|Cedar Sage (Salvia romeriana)
This is one Hill Country endemic that definitely deserves greater use. Named after Ferdinand Romer, a Prussian geologist of the late 1840s, Salvia romeriana is is one of our showiest herbaceous perennials. In the wild, Cedar Sage is uncommon, forming isolated colonies by reseeding along cliff faces and bases near seeps. In the landscape, Cedar Sage prefers a shady location with supplemental water, but we have seen it naturalizing on a rocky and fairly dry outcrop near our back greenhouse.
In early Summer, numerous 8-10" spikes of vibrant red, tubular flowers attract hummingbirds and a wide variety of butterflies. Cut off spent flower stalks to promote reblooming over the season.
Cedar Sage is deer-resistant.