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Salvia coccinea/Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage

Salvia coccinea / Salvia coccinea
Bright red, trumpet-shaped flowers during the summer months
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Bright red, trumpet-shaped flowers during the summer months

Red flowers and foliage

This native selection has bright red flowers

Texas Sage. a native, does no have as many flowers as do the iimproved selections

Close-up of scarlet flowers

Nursery plants ready for spring sale

Large display of plants in flower at a nursery sales yard

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Scientific Name: Salvia coccinea
Common Name: Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer, Fall
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants That Attract Butterflies
Plants That Attract Hummingbirds
Comments: In the Lower South this salvia is a perennial that dies back in the winter but returns in the spring in colder areas of the country use it as an annual. It is self-seeding with seedlings becoming quite common where plants have been growing for any length of time. Hummingbirds visit the bright red, tubular flowrs arranged along a tall stem. Many new improved cultivars are available in the trade. It is considered an herb.