Scarlet Sage, Scarlet Salvia, Red Sage, Red Salvia
Salvia splendens 'Flare'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: splendens (SPLEN-denz) (Info)
Cultivar: Flare
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Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Red

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Veined

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bushnell, Florida

Wilmington, North Carolina

Reading, Pennsylvania

Wood River Junction, Rhode Island

Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Jul 8, 2007, kimmy222 from Reading, PA wrote:

This is a phenomenal cultivar of red salvia. Extremely heat and drought tolerant. Tons of flowers. It is early June here, and they have been blooming their heads off for weeks on sturdy stems. I have seen no signs of disease or pests. To top it all off they were very easy to grow from seed. I had 100% success with seeds, and I have never tried growing salvia before. Amazing. Highly recommended, and I don't say that a lot.

Positive

On Feb 27, 2007, saanansandy from Sue, RI (Zone 6a) wrote:

I grew this flower, salvia "flare", from seed in peat pots, easy to start. Grew in sun/part shade. Absolutely beautiful blooming red stalks standing tall above the foliage, blooms really took off in August. Long lasting blooms which butterflies and hummingbirds seem to appreciate.