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Salvia, Hummingbird Sage, Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage, Tropical Sage 'Brenthurst'

Salvia coccinea

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Brenthurst
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Albany, California

Elk Grove, California

Merced, California

Roseville, California

Wilmington, Delaware

Brooksville, Florida

Hollywood, Florida

Lansing, Kansas

Somerville, Massachusetts

North Augusta, South Carolina

Fort Worth, Texas

Weir, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 26, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this salvia. I haven't had much luck growing many of the modern salvia hybrids in my windy garden, as they tend to topple over. This is one of the few I've tried that has withstood the wind and the dryness. Last year it bloomed all summer and autumn till a hard frost killed it. This year it was already blooming on the day I planted it and has been blooming continuously since. If I got any hummingbirds here in the city I'm sure they would love it as much as I do!


On Mar 15, 2007, romandoguinn from Albany, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love the colors of this salvia! The hummingbirds here like it also. So far, it has overwintered in my zone 10a, Berkeley area, California.


On Sep 26, 2005, lisamr from Rotterdam, NY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very pretty pink...reminds me of the crayon color 'carnation pink'. It's growing very nicely in part shade. I do see hummingbirds visiting this plant occassionally.


On Jul 13, 2004, TropicalPam from Cooper City, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant bloomes the most prettiest does require a bit more water in the Florida Key then it did in Bradenton, FL. It does very well in a pot also.