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Common names:
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Botanical names:
Salvia coccinea Accepted
Salvia coccinea f. pseudococcinea Synonym
Salvia pseudococcinea Synonym
Salvia coccinea var. pseudococcinea Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 7a -17.8 °C (0 °F) to -15 °C (5 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 2-5 feet
Plant Spread: 2-4 feet
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Toxicity: Other: leaves are very fragrant.
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Other info: Very easy to transplant or divide.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Tip
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Nectar source for butterflies

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Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) was a featured
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Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 10:50 PM

"Salvia coccinea (Texas sage, scarlet sage, tropical sage, blood sage) is a herbaceous perennial in the Lamiaceae family that is widespread throughout the Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America (Colombia, Peru, and Brazil). At one time Brazil was considered to be where it originated, but its diploid chromosome count now points to Mexico as its place of origin.

Its specific epithet, coccinea, means "scarlet-dyed" (Latin), referring to the color of its flowers.

The plant reaches 2 to 4 feet in height, with many branches, and a spread of about 2.5 feet. The hairy leaves, scalloped on the edges, are pea green, varying in size, all the way up to 3 inches long and 2 inches wide. Flower color and size is quite variable. The naturalized variety is typically tubular, bright red, about 1.25 inches long. Cultivated varieties include orange-red, pink, salmon, red, white, and scarlet, and include bi-colored varieties. Flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and butterflies."

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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 22, 2011 9:29 AM

I received seeds of this plant from a friend and love that it reseeds itself in my garden. It blooms from early summer until fall in a full sun location.

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