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Salvia splendens 'Red Hot Sally'

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

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

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

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral darylmitchell On Jan 19, 2010, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

I really like the bright red colour of these salvia. However, as in my previous experience, it takes a long time for it to rebloom, even after removing the spent flowers. I get maybe two or three flushes of flowers in a season.

Positive nightgardener On Sep 5, 2006, nightgardener from Ironton, MO (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have grown these plants for the past 3-4 yrs. In our area, since we've not had much rain, I water them about every 3-4 days. Pinching off the blooms about ever 2 weeks causes them to bloom more and also causes the plant to grow larger. This attracts many humming birds!! They're fun to watch!

Neutral Suze_ On May 2, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant has grown just fine for me in the past and is easy care and colorful, but I really do prefer to grow salvia coccinea 'lady in red'. The habit is more attractive and elegant, imo.

Positive Magwar On May 21, 2005, Magwar from Royston, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Pinching back the blooms makes a HUGE difference in the plant.


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

Vincent, Alabama
Bakersfield, California
Mira Loma, California
Sarasota, Florida
Royston, Georgia
Hebron, Kentucky
Mandeville, Louisiana
Ironton, Missouri
Saint Louis, Missouri
Clifton Park, New York
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Broaddus, Texas
Bryan, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Houston, Texas
Richmond, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas

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