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Salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lady in Red

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive annlof On Jan 28, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

In my zone 10 Southern California garden, this plant is a woody perennial sub-shrub. At the end of each season, the foliage looks pretty tired, so I cut the plants back to about 5" and let them resprout. However, since they grow so quickly and are available in six-packs at Lowe's, a lot of people prefer to start fresh each spring. This plant seems to be continually putting out flowers whether or not you choose to dead head spent blossoms. It also tolerates clay soil.

I was surprised to find that this salvia grows and blooms well in pretty heavy shade (much better than the farinacea or splendens types.) The plants are more robust and flower more in full sun, but plants receiving only two hours of sun a day also bloomed well. However, slugs were a problem on plants in the shade garden.

Positive tinytwist On Oct 6, 2009, tinytwist from Galt, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

My daughter gave me a volunteer seedling that was growing in the crack of an asphalt parking lot. It has done great in my garden and the flowers are just as blazing red as the ones on the mother plant. This is a tough, easy to grow plant in the sun and the hummingbirds love it!

Positive pennefeather On Mar 1, 2008, pennefeather from McLean, VA (Zone 6b) wrote:

Grows from seed. Easy care, beautiful plants.

Positive tucsonjill On Oct 18, 2007, tucsonjill from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Self-sows very freely, although many seeds are eaten by birds--I see lots of finches having snacks! My experience is that the color holds true in subsequent generations. I also find larger plants overwintering in sheltered locations in our zone 8b/9a location. Also very easy to transplant seedlings, they bounce back quickly and settle in to their new homes nicely.

Positive Marilynbeth On Jul 30, 2006, Marilynbeth from Hebron, KY wrote:

I love it! One of my favorite Salvias for attracting Hummers! Beautiful and easy to care for! Has reseeded in my zone 6 garden. Hummers love it!

Positive missmuffit On Jan 1, 2005, missmuffit from Des Moines, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Love this salvia and the hummingbirds jockey for postiion over it.
It has persisted by self sowing for three years here in my zone 5A garden. Each spring many, MANY seedlings sprout up, but they are easily managed. It does not come true from the self sown seed. Subsequent plants have been a more washed out red but still pretty - and the hummingbirds still love 'em!
I buy new seed stock each year of Lady in Red to get that true red color.

Positive Dawnaj On Feb 22, 2003, Dawnaj wrote:

I planted 10 of these from seed,three years ago here in Dallas in a south facing garden. Very easy from seed. They make bright neon-red background flowers, but stems are unattractive and should be hidden behind other growth. They return every mid spring and bloom until the first hard frost, peaking in 60-80 degree fall weather. One problem I've had: can become invasive.

Positive Terry On Aug 31, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grew from seed this year; bloomed very well in a partially-shaded north-facing bed. Color is nice, especially with the blue salvias like S. guaranitica and S. farinacea


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

Chandler, Arizona
Gilbert, Arizona (2 reports)
Tempe, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Camarillo, California
Clayton, California
Palm Springs, California
Sacramento, California
Santa Ana, California
Milford, Delaware
Wilmington, Delaware
Brooker, Florida
Daytona Beach, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Williston, Florida
Braselton, Georgia
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Indianapolis, Indiana
Des Moines, Iowa
Derby, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
New Orleans, Louisiana
Milo, Maine
Columbia, Maryland
Gaithersburg, Maryland
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Beaufort, North Carolina
Bucyrus, Ohio
Comanche, Oklahoma
Gold Hill, Oregon
Conway, South Carolina
Moncks Corner, South Carolina
Rockwood, Tennessee
Broaddus, Texas
Brownsville, Texas
Bulverde, Texas
Deer Park, Texas
Denton, Texas
Flint, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (3 reports)
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Mont Belvieu, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Pasadena, Texas
Portland, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Trinity, Texas
Ogden, Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah
Basye, Virginia
Mc Lean, Virginia
Kalama, Washington
Shoreline, Washington
Madison, Wisconsin
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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