Calamintha coccinea

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Scarlet Savory, Scarlet Calamint, Red Basil

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Also known as Clinopodium coccineum

Plant Specifics

Size:3 to 4 ft tall by 2 to 3 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Semi-deciduous. Blooms spring-late fall.
Noted for:Aroma, fragrance, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:

Retain it in the landscape if is is occurring naturally.


Difficult to establish and requires highly specific site conditions.


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



Attracts hummingbirds.


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


General Comments:

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