General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 60 - 72 inches
Plant Spread: 48 inches
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Cut Flower
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Salvia
  • Yucatan Wild Tropical Sage

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Location: Illinois
Date: 2021-09-14
Location: Illinois
Date: 2021-08-31
Location: NW MO - zone 6a
Date: 09/08/2018
macro close up of bloom/buds
Location: NW MO - zone 6a
Date: 09/08/2018
macro close up of bloom
Location: NW MO - zone 6a
Date: 09/05/2018
Part of the plant
Location: NW MO - zone 6a
Date: 09/05/2016
Planted in ground early June 2018
  • Posted by jg0613 (NW MO - Zone 6a) on Sep 9, 2018 10:01 PM concerning plant:
    I purchased the plant from Flowers by the Sea. Transplanted from nursery pot into ground early June 2018. It is in a location that gets sun all morning up till about 2pm and light shade after that. This is a tall plant, stems stay fairly upright and it has gotten lots of stems. It bloomed earlier in the summer, then had a period of no blooms but growth and is now blooming again, started about a week ago but now really taking off! The plant is over 4 feet tall at the shortest and a bit over 5 feet at the tallest (and still growing). The width was about 2-3 feet (a couple of stems broke in high winds during a thunderstorm and I pruned a few more off). The blooms are a pretty orange and plentiful when in bloom. Hummingbirds love it. This requires more water than some Salvias. We had pretty severe drought and very hot temps through June and July. Since August we have seemed to more than catch up on rain and temperatures more normal. The plant has stayed healthy through it all. It does set seed- a few small seedlings have already appeared but they won't get large enough before frost. Hoping seed may overwinter and will have volunteers of this next year as I have experienced with the S Coccinea Summer Jewel Red. If not I think I would grow it again as an annual. With the nice tall form and lovely blooms, I recommend it!

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