Salvia; Texas Sage, Tropical Sage, Blood Sage, Red Sage, Indian Fire
Southern U.S. and Mexico; tropical Americas
- Central Texas
- Full Shade
- Full Sun
- Part Sun/Shade
About This Plant
Partial shade, even under live oaks; blooms better with morning sun. A small, spreading herbaceous perennial with spikes of scarlet red blooms all through the warm season. Many colors and various cultivars (from ‘Brenthurst’ to ‘Lavender Lady’) are available. Scarlet sage makes an easy native substitute for impatiens or begonia in shade, with the added bonus of being a major hummingbird attractant.
Cut back after freezing in early winter. May wilt a bit in summer sun, but bounces back with rain or supplemental water.
1-4' H, 1-3' W
Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun/Shade
Clay, Sandy, Thin, Well drained
Lavender, Pink, Red
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October