Flowers - Scarlet Sage

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The Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea), also called Blood Sage, Texas Sage, and Indian Fire, is a fast-growing, tender perennial in the mint family. Produces dense 10" spikes of small, tubular, bright red fragrant blossoms with long stamens. Grows 1'-3' tall on square stems with hairy, heart-shaped foliage. Can be grown as an annual in colder climates. A striking pop of color in any garden or vase.

The leaves of Scarlet Sage are edible, but the flowers are toxic to people and should not be ingested.

  • Life cycle: Herbaceous perennial
  • Bloom season: Spring, summer, fall
  • Attracts: Hummingbirds, birds, bees, butterflies, and other pollinators
  • Flower meaning: Good health, longevity, wisdom


  • Botanical name: Salvia coccinea
  • Hardiness zones: 8-10
  • Planting season: Spring, fall
  • Days to maturity: 65-85 days
  • Cold stratify: No
  • Depth to plant seeds: Lightly cover - seeds need light to germinate
  • Spacing between plants: 6"-12" apart
  • Days to germinate (sprout): 7-21 days
  • Germination soil temps: 65F-75F
  • Soil types: Sandy, loamy, dry, moist, well-drained
  • Soil pH: 5.5-7.5
  • Water needs: Average
  • Sun needs: Full sun, part shade
  • Frost tolerant: No
  • Drought tolerant: Yes
  • Deer resistant: Yes

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