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Scarlet Sage

Salvia coccinea

Salvia; Texas Sage, Tropical Sage, Blood Sage, Red Sage, Indian Fire

About This Plant

Partial shade, even under live oaks; blooms better with morning sun. A small, spreading herbaceous perennial with spikes of scarlet red blooms all through the warm season. Many colors and various cultivars (from ‘Brenthurst’ to ‘Lavender Lady’) are available. Scarlet sage makes an easy native substitute for impatiens or begonia in shade, with the added bonus of being a major hummingbird attractant.

Origins: Southern U.S. and Mexico; tropical Americas

Maintenance

Cut back after freezing in early winter. May wilt a bit in summer sun, but bounces back with rain or supplemental water.

A tough native salvia for the shade garden.

Min. Height: 1'

Max Height: 4 feet'

Min. Width: 1'

Max Width: 3 feet'

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