Salvia coccinea

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

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Scarlet Sage, Tropical Sage, Blood Sage

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Size:2-6 ft tall by .5-2 ft wide
Life Span:Annual to short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Red, pink
Fruit Color:Brown
Phenology:Can bloom at any time of year. Tends to die back in northern areas.
Habitats:Disturbed sites, calcareous bluffs, shell mounds.


Recommended Uses:Wildflower gardens and meadows.
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
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 Tolerance:Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).



Attracts hummingbirds, nut-hatches, and warblers.

Attracts butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators.