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
Red
White
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
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
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
Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Common names
  • Scarlet Sage
  • Tropical Sage
  • Hummingbird Sage
  • Texas Sage
  • Salvia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Salvia coccinea
  • Synonym: Salvia pseudococcinea
  • Synonym: Salvia coccinea f. pseudococcinea
  • Synonym: Salvia coccinea var. pseudococcinea

Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) was a featured
Plant of the Day for April 23, 2016.
Photo Gallery
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2022-12-23
Background is the water in the swimming pool; this Salvia is grow
Location: My Garden
Date: 2018-09-30
Nectar source for butterflies

Date: 2011-08-07
Location: Fielder House Butterfly garden Arlington, Texas.
Date: Summer 2011
The flowers of this plant are very bright.
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-09-25

Date: 2013-08-11
Location: Kyle
Date: 2018-09-19
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2018-10-14

Date: 2022-11-18
Location: NW MO - zone 6a
Date: 08/29/2018
Stems with blooming spike
Location: Indiana zone 5
Date: 2015-06-23

Date: 2022-11-18
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: October 
Scarlet Salvia (Florida native)
Location: Martin County, Fl. zone 10
Date: 2011-01-01
Salvia coccinea
Location: Charleston, SC
Date: 2017-09-07
Scarlet Sage with hoverfly
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida 
Date: 2022-09-13
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-05-22

Date: 2022-11-18
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2023-06-02
Uploaded by Corber
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2012-05-03

Date: 2021-04-10
Scarlet sage seedlings
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.
Date: Fall 2011
This lovely plant is very attractive to bees and butterflies.

Date: 2021-10-03
Morning light
Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)
Date: 2018-09-30
Easy to grow and hummers love it!

Date: 2022-05-25
Location: Charleston, SC
Date: 2018-08-26
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-06-13
Location: NW MO - zone 6a
Date: 08/29/2018
Close up bloom
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2014-07-09
Tall Form

Date: 2021-07-11
Location: my garden 
Date: 2013-09-19
Location: Maryland
Date: 2015-09-13

Date: 2022-11-18

Date: 2022-11-18

Date: 2022-11-18

Date: 2022-11-18
Location: Lora, Haripur, Hazara.
Date: 2012-10-23
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 7/11/2021
Hummingbird flower supreme
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2016-02-17
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2012-07-10
Location: NW MO - zone 6a
Date: 08/29/2018
Planted in ground early June 2018
Location: NW MO - zone 6a
Date: 08/29/2018
Close up bloom

Courtesy Robin's Salvias
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Austin ,TX
Date: February
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-09-21
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-08-22
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-15
Recently new volunteer seedling
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2015-08-22

Date: 2021-04-16
Location: Charleston, SC
Date: 2017-09-07
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2012-05-03
Location: My front yard, N Watauga TX
Date: 2011-10-10

Date: July 21, 2011

Date: 2022-11-18
Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5b
Date: 2013-05-02
Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red' seedlings.
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-08-08
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-09-23
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-02-27
Location: National Botanical Garden, DC, Virginia :) | May, 2022
Date: 2022-05-28
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2018-07-14
Hummingbird food
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Date: 2018-08-15
Hummingbird food
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: Fielder House Butterfly garden Arlington, Texas.
Date: 2012-10-26
Butterflies love to nectar on this flower.
Location: my garden 
Date: 2016-04-25
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: all photos from my garden
Date: 2014-06-08
Lavender form
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-07
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-10-07
Location: Plano, TX
Germinated in 3 days
Location: LVMG Watauga TX
Date: 2011-10-10
Bright red blooms!

Date: July 21, 2011
Location: Photo taken at Merritt Island Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island, Fl
Date: 2013-09-28
Location: Lora, Haripur, Hazara.
Date: 2012-10-23
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-05-23
Location: my garden 
Date: 2014-09-23

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Location: Northeastern, Texas
Date: 2012-05-03
Buds begin appear in spring, April here. and continue thru summer
Uploaded by Horntoad
Location: Coastal San Diego County 
Date: 2017-09-13
Location: Wilmington, Delaware USA
Location: Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Merritt Island, Florida
Date: 2012-11-04
Uploaded by plantladylin
Location: Winter Springs, FL zone 9b
Date: 2015-05-25
Red and pink Coccinea growing in a flower container, both self so
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-09-27
Location: Gulf-coast Texas
Date: 08/27/2014
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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 10:50 PM concerning plant:
    "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."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...
  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 22, 2011 9:29 AM concerning plant:
    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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