Calamintha coccinea

Scarlet Savory, Scarlet Calamint, Red Basil

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Also known as Clinopodium coccineum

Plant Specifics

Form:Shrub
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:

deciduous

Noted for:Aroma, Fragrance, Showy flowers

Landscaping

Recommended Uses:

Retain it in the landscape if is is occurring naturally.

Considerations:

Difficult to establish and requires highly specific site conditions.

Propagation:

Seed or cuttings. Little cultural information is available. Soil conditions must be appropriate -- try to grow it in yellow sand with excellent drainage.

Availability:Native nurseries
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Sand
Soil pH:Somewhat acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
 

Attracts hummingbirds.

Insects:
  

Attracts  bees, and butterflies.

Native Habitats:

Scrub, in open areas. Sandhills, coastal hammocks. Mostly near the coast.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Comments

General Comments:

Short lived. Rarely grown as it is difficult to establish.