Scarlet Sage

Scarlet Sage

Scarlet Sage Salvia coccinea

A.K.A. Hummingbird sage, Texas sage, Blood sage,

Scarlet sage is a good bedding plant and useful in borders where brilliant color is desired. This American mint is especially desirable in natural area gardens where it attracts butterflies and hummingbirds and maintains itself year after year without dominating or becoming invasive.

Blooms appear continuously from early summer to first frost.

Don’t confuse this species with the popular bedding plant, Salvia splendens (also called scarlet sage), a frost-tender perennial from Brazil (usually grown as an annual), most of whose many flamboyant cultivars do not attract butterflies or hummingbirds, and do not reseed themselves.

Scarlet Sage is widespread throughout the Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America (Colombia, Peru, and Brazil).

 At one time Brazil was considered to be where it originated, but its diploid chromosome count now points to Mexico as its place of origin.

Flower color and size is quite variable with the naturalized variety typically tubular, bright red and about 1.25 in long. Cultivated varieties include orange-red, pink, salmon, red, white, and scarlet, and include bi-colored varieties.

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and birds.

Does best in full sun but can tolerate intermittent shade.

The plant reaches 2 to 4 ft in height, with many branches, and a spread of about 2.5 ft.

The hairy leaves, scalloped on the edges, are pea green, varying in size, all the way up to 3 in long and 2 in wide.

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not over-water.

Once established, Scarlet Sage is fairly drought resistant but flowering suffers without supplemental watering during dry spells.

From seed; sow indoors 4-6 weeks before last frost.

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Bag seed-heads to capture ripening seed.

Flower color and size is quite variable with the naturalized variety typically tubular, bright red and about 1.25 in long. Cultivated varieties include orange-red, pink, salmon, red, white, and scarlet, and include bi-colored varieties.

Flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

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