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Salvia coccinea

Tropical Sage
Lamiaceae (Labiatae)
Annuals, Perennials

SALVIA

All sages have square stems and whorls of two-lipped flowers, either distinctly spaced along flower stalks or so tightly crowded that they look like one dense spike; some species have branched inflorescences. Flower colors range from white and yellow through salmon and pink to scarlet and pure red, from pale lavender to true blue and darkest purple. A few sages have fragrant blossoms. Many have aromatic foliage. Sages attract hummingbirds, bees, butterflies.

Salvia coccinea

Usually grown as an annual. Bushy, upright; to 2–3 ft. tall, 2 1/2 ft.wide. Dark green, hairy, oval to heartshaped leaves to 2 1/2 in. long. In summer, slender stems to 1 ft. long carry many 3/4–1-in. flowers with broad lower lip. Colors range from bright red through orange red to pink and white, including many bicolors. Widely used as bedding plant, border filler. Stems are brittle; shelter from wind. Deadhead to encourage rebloom. Naturalized and weedy in Hawaii.

'Brenthurst' ('Lady in Pink')

Salmon flowers.

'Coral Nymph' ('Cherry Blossom')

Flowers near white with coral lower lip.

'Lady in Red'

Scarlet flowers.

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