Marcus, Joseph A.
Salvia coccinea P.J. Buchoz ex Etlinger
Scarlet Sage, Tropical Sage, Blood sage
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)
Several whorls of red flowers form an interrupted spike
on a square stem.
This showy southern native
is characterized by the loose, widely spaced nature of the flowering spike. It is found in the hot sands of the South. The flamboyant, cultivated member of this group, Scarlet Sage (S. splendens
), was introduced from Brazil.
Image Gallery: 41 photo(s) available
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AL , FL , GA , HI , LA , MS , OH , SC , TX Native Distribution:
Coastal; South Carolina to Florida; west to Texas. Native Habitat:
In sandy soils in thickets, chaparral, in open woods and edges in east and south Texas. USDA Native Status: L48(N), HI(I), PR(N), VI(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade , Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Dry
Soil Description: Caliche type, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: Scarlet sage reseeds easily and will grow in the shade. It has pungent foliage that makes it fairly deer resistant. Periodically trim and deadhead to keep it bushy.
Easily grown, Blooms ornamental, Color, Perennial
garden Use Wildlife:
Nectar-Hummingbirds, Nectar-Bees, Nectar-insects Conspicuous Flowers:
Hummingbirds , Butterflies Nectar Source: