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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 1-2 feet
Plant Spread: 1-2 feet
Leaves: Fragrant
Other: Periodically trim to keep it bushy.
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Red
Other: Dark calyxes
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadhead faded flower stems to ensure more flowering throughout the season
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Propagation: Seeds: Start indoors
Other info: Freely self-seed in warm winter climates.
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


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Posted by Catmint20906 (Maryland - Zone 7a) on Aug 26, 2014 5:29 AM

Texas Sage (Salvia coccinea) 'Forest Fire' produces brilliant red blossoms from midsummer to early fall. A native of the Americas, it is hardy in zones 8a-10b. It is an excellent source of nectar for bees and other insects and for hummingbirds, which are attracted to its bright red flowers. 'Forest Fire' is a sturdy cultivar that does well in part sun and blooms profusely.

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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Mar 7, 2017 5:42 PM

This is a great Hummingbird attracting Salvia and I love it! I've grown it in containers and although it had reseeded before, I try and get another one the following spring. I'd get a plant of Forest Fire for my parents and they loved this Salvia. They'd tell me that they got lots of Hummers visiting the flowers and got so excited seeing the Hummers. A bright, easy, beautiful and long blooming Salvia.

My parents passed away several years ago and since they loved having Forest Fire bloom to attract the hummingbirds so much, I make sure to get this one every year in their honor.

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