Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) Quick Facts
Nectar plant to butterflies and hummingbirds
Herbaceous annual or tender perennial in warmer climates
Native to gulf coast and coastal southeast
Full sun to partial sun
Prefers well-draining soil, medium to dry soil, draught tolerant once established
Vibrant red flowers bloom spring, summer, fall
Grows to 2-3 feet tall
Space 1-2 feet apart
Low maintenance, deadheading may encourage more blooms
Can be grown in containers
Blooms of the Scarlet Sage Plant
Imagine having a garden adorned with the vivid beauty of Scarlet Sage, also called Blood Sage, with these red tubular flowers stealing the spotlight. The delicate, vibrant blooms of Salvia coccinea are not only a treat for the eyes but also a magnet for butterflies and hummingbirds. From spring to fall, you can count on a continuous supply of nectar to entice these winged visitors.
This plant’s versatility makes it a perfect addition to many garden settings, whether you’re cultivating a wildflower meadow or maintaining a meticulously manicured garden. Its charm knows no bounds and effortlessly complements any style.
Scarlet Sage, or Salvia coccinea, is known for its graceful growth pattern. This beauty can reach heights of up to 3 feet and spreads out to about 2 feet, making it a lush and striking presence in your garden. While it can thrive in partial sun, the true magic of Scarlet Sage’s blooming display is revealed in full sun, where it bursts into a symphony of color.
Once established, this hardy plant is drought-tolerant and thrives in well-draining soil, making it a low-maintenance choice for your garden. However, it’s important to note that Scarlet Sage is not frost-tolerant. In regions with genuine winter conditions, it behaves as an annual, gracing your garden for a single growing season. In areas with milder winters, it takes on the role of a tender perennial. Regardless of its classification, Scarlet Sage is an eager re-seeder, ensuring that its brilliant presence persists in your garden, season after season.
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Salvia coccinea is an attractive plant that adds color and wildlife appeal to your garden. It is adaptable to different growing conditions and attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Make it a part of your butterfly garden and create a vibrant landscape. Our plants are always safe for butterflies and other pollinators!