Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' (Scarlet Sage)
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Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' (Scarlet Sage)

Scarlet Sage 'Lady in Red', Texas sage 'Lady in Red', Tropical sage 'Lady in Red', Blood sage 'Lady in Red', Hummingbird sage 'Lady in Red', Hummingbird Series


Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' (Scarlet Sage) is a compact, upright perennial boasting loose spikes of two-lipped, tubular, brilliant red flowers. Blooming from midsummer to fall, the blossoms are attractive to butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and other pollinators. The flowers of this showy southern native are borne well above the bushy foliage of oval dark green leaves. Fast growing, this sage tolerates drought, humidity and heat. Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' belongs to the Hummingbird series, which is noted for its extremely long blooming season and well branched, compact plants. Use Scarlet Sage to add bright color and attractive foliage to borders or containers. Excellent cut flowers!

  • Tender, this plant is hardy to zones 8-10 and is generally treated as an annual in cooler areas.
  • Recipient of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society, of the Fleuroselect Gold Medal award and 1992 All-America Selections Flower Winner
  • Grows up to 14-24 in. tall and wide (35-60 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soils. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Drought tolerant once established.
  • Well-suited to beds and borders, containers, city gardens, cottage gardens or Mediterranean gardens.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Deer resistant.
  • Cut back after flowering.
  • Propagate by seed in spring.
  • Salvia coccinea is 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 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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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 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" – 24" (45cm – 60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Dry Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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