Salvia fulgens (Mexican Scarlet Sage)
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Salvia fulgens (Mexican Scarlet Sage)

Mexican Scarlet Sage, Mexican Red Sage, Cardinal Sage, Salvia cardinalis


Prized for its brilliant flowers, Salvia fulgens (Mexican Scarlet Sage) is a bushy evergreen sub-shrub with heart-shaped, light green leaves, up to 3 in. long (8 cm). Blooming from midsummer through fall, when most flowers have finished for the season, whorls of glistening, velvety, vibrant red, tubular flowers open on long flowering spikes, 18 in. (45 cm). Their electric color attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

  • Grows up to 4-5 ft. tall (120-150 cm) and 3 ft. wide (90 cm).
  • Performs best in full sun in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist-but-well-drained soil. Best in full sun in cooler climates and partial shade in hot, dry climates. Protect from cold, drying winds and excessive winter wet.
  • Great for beds and borders, wall-side borders, city gardens, cottage gardens, gravel gardens, Mediterranean gardens and containers.
  • No serious pest or disease issues. Keep an eye out for slugs, snails and leafhoppers. Deer resistant.
  • Cut back nearly to the ground in early spring.
  • Propagate by seed sown in containers in a cold frame in spring or root softwood cuttings in spring or early summer. Semi-hardwood cuttings can be taken in late summer or autumn, with bottom heat.
  • Salvia fulgens is native to Mexico.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 12
Heat Zones 9 – 12
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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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 9 – 12
Heat Zones 9 – 12
Plant Type Shrubs
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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