SALVIA coccinea (Scarlet Sage) is a herbaceous perennial plant native to the southern United States, Mexico, and Central America. It belongs to the mint family (Lamiaceae) and is highly valued for its vibrant red flowers and attractive foliage. Scarlet Sage is a popular choice for adding brilliant color and attracting pollinators to gardens and landscapes.
Scarlet Sage typically grows to a height of 1 to 3 feet (30 to 90 cm) and has a spread of about 1 to 2 feet (30 to 60 cm). It has square stems and dark green, lance-shaped leaves with a slightly toothed or scalloped edge. The foliage has an aromatic scent when crushed. It thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. Scarlet Sage is known for its adaptability and can tolerate a range of soil conditions, including sandy or clay soils.
The flowers of Salvia coccinea are the main highlight. They are tubular in shape with two-lipped petals and come in shades of vibrant red, although cultivars with pink, coral, or white flowers are also available. The flowers are arranged in dense, upright spikes that rise above the foliage. They are highly attractive to hummingbirds, butterflies, and bees, serving as a valuable nectar source.
Scarlet Sage typically blooms from late spring to fall, providing a long-lasting display of colorful flowers. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage continuous blooming and extend the flowering period.
Scarlet Sage is a versatile plant that adds a pop of brilliant color and attracts pollinators to gardens and landscapes. It works well as a border plant, mass planting, or mixed with other perennials and annuals. Its vibrant flowers and attractive foliage make it an excellent choice for attracting hummingbirds and butterflies, creating a vibrant and wildlife-friendly garden.
Scarlet Sage, with its vibrant red flowers, attractive foliage, and ability to attract pollinators, is a cherished addition to gardens and landscapes. Its versatility, adaptability, and long-lasting blooms make it a valuable plant for bringing color and life to outdoor spaces.
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Scientific Name: Salvia Coccinea
Common Name: Scarlet Sage
Plant Type: Perennials
Native Range: Mexico, Texas, Florida
Full Growth Height: 12-24"
Width in Across: 12-24"
Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Blooming Season: Summer (Mid, Late), Fall
Flower: Showy, Oval or Heart Shaped
Pollinators: Birds, Butterflies, Humming Birds
Flower Color: Red
Tolerate: Drought, Deer, Dry Soil
Water Requirement: Average
Soil Type: Sand, Loam, Moist, Well-Drained
Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Uses: Beds, Borders, Wall-side Borders, Coastal Gardens