Sage Mountain

Flora and Fauna

SAGE MOUNTAIN has a certification from the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat, providing the 4 basic habit elements needed for wildlife to thrive.

A large area of the property has been xeriscaped with its own native plants and rocks, including the spectacular Dudlyea, mimulus (monkeyflower in red, orange, yellow) wild lupins, the tall, long-lasting penstemon, black-eyed susans, and the graceful and long-flowering California Lilac.

The land is dotted with various maguey and other Cactus and succulents, including the Ambassador, a 90+ year old cactus greeter that produces many edible red yellow and orange cactus-fruit, throughout most of the year.  Frequent watering will produce nopales (very healthful food) on this and the other cactus.

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Monkey Flowers
Penstemon
Black-eyed Susan
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White Sage Being Pollinated
 
Dudleya

The Owner has cultivated many of the beautiful fragrant California white (culinary) sages at the property, utilizing above and in-ground irrigation systems, that are served by the centrally-located water well.  Sage attracts butterflies and hummingbirds, in particular the Monarch during its southern migration to Mexico. Here is an online article describing this exotic activity.

In addition to this native sage, the owner has also test-planted a variety of other sages, including Mexican sage (red), Cleveland Sage (purple); Canary Island Sage (yellow), Italian Sage, some lavenders (sage family) and the beautiful Pride-of-Madeira.  Other herbs grown include mint, aniseed, yarrow, mustard….lots of mustard.

Numerous bird feeders and bird boxes are on site and visited regularly by blue jays, black twoeys, striped sparrows, red-breasted house finches, rufous twoeys, doves, cactus-wrens, and many others.

Small animals, including a lizard-eating squirrel, make their home in the rocky shadows of the central dry rock-fall area. Rabbits, jackrabbits, foxes, coyotes, and raccoons leave their evidence behind.