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Salvia splendens (Scarlet Sage)

Scarlet Sage, Scarlet Bedding Sage


Indefatigable bloomer, Scarlet sage (Salvia splendens) is a tender perennial that is mostly grown for its dense, usually brilliant scarlet flowers (therefore its common name) although new selections include attractive shades of rich purple, pink, blue, lavender, salmon, white and bicolor. Hummingbirds love its brilliant blossoms, but deer do not!

  • Prized by gardeners for its ornamental blossoms, it has an outstanding effect in beds, borders, containers from late spring to frost!. A valuable addition to cottage gardens, cutting gardens and effective for edging too! Best in mass plantings with other annuals.
  • Easy to grow, fairly pest and disease free, it requires little deadheading, attracts butterflies and blends nicely with any other annuals or perennials for the best effect!
  • Typically grows in clumps up to 12-18 in. tall (30-45 cm) and 12 in. wide (30 cm) in a wonderful display of very eye-catching, long-tubed, brightly-colored flowers rising in thick, erect spikes above the dark green foliage.
  • Thrives in full sun in light, humus-rich, moderately fertile, moist, well-drained soils.
  • Perennial in zones 10 - 11, it may be grown as an annual in cooler areas.
  • May be grown from seeds, starting indoors 6-8 weeks prior to the last spring frost date.

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Requirements

Hardiness 2 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
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, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal 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 2 – 12
Heat Zones 1 – 12
Climate Zones 21, 22, 23, 24, H2
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
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, Showy
Tolerance Deer
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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