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Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage)

Scarlet Sage, Tropical Sage, Blood Sage, Red Sage, Indian Fire


Salvia coccinea (Scarlet Sage) is a tender perennial usually grown as an annual boasting loose, widely spaced spikes to 12 in. long (30 cm) of brilliant scarlet flowers from midsummer to fall. Attractive to butterflies, bees and hummingbirds, the flowers of this showy southern native are borne well above the bushy foliage of oval or heart-shaped, hairy, dark green leaves. The flowers are followed by small seeds hidden in the calyces. Goldfinches and other birds may visit the plant to pick out the seeds. Use Scarlet Sage to add bright color and attractive foliage to beds and borders.

  • Grows up to 2-3 ft. tall (60-90 cm) and 12-18 in. wide (30-45). Will freely self-seed in warm winter climates.
  • Thrives in full sun in moderately fertile, light, slightly acid, dry or moist, sandy soil. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free, it attracts butterflies but is deer resistant.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed or division.
  • Native from South Carolina to Florida west to Texas and Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Ohio, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 10
Climate Zones 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Ohio, Southeast, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Southwest, Texas
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage

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