General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 10-12 inches
Plant Spread: 8 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Butterflies
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Trade name information:
Series: Vista™
Trade Name: Red
Cultivar name: 'PAS3285'
Common names
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Scarlet Salvia
  • Red Sage
  • Red Salvia
  • Salvia

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Location: San Francisco, CA
Date: 2011-09-21
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Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-06-18

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Location: Chester Springs, PA
Date: 2020-06-17
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  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Jun 28, 2020 10:12 AM concerning plant:
    This is a very dwarf cultivar that only gets about 10 to 12 inches high. I bought a few plants in 2018 and put them out in big pots on the deck to help attract hummingbirds that normally love the Scarlet or Showy Sage (Salvia splendens). However, I only saw the female Ruby-throated Hummingbird back off from this cultivar and immediately go instead to the Anise-scented Sages and Cigar-Flowers that I had on the deck also. I think the flower structure may differ from the mother species so that the hummingbirds don't really like it. I really favour having any Scarlet Sages growing about 18 to 24 inches as my favourite size to work with, even without hummingbirds. I even like the old 3 feet high plants that I remember back in the 1960's & 70's that the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds did really love a lot. Therefore, I don't recommend this newer series of Vista cultivars.

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