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Scarlet Sage, Scarlet Salvia, Red Sage, Red Salvia 'Red Hot Sally'

Salvia splendens

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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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


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



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

Seed Collecting:

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

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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!


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.


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

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