Salvia Species, Cedar Sage, Dwarf Crimson Sage, Roemer's Sage

Salvia roemeriana

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: roemeriana (ro-mer-ee-AH-nuh) (Info)
Synonym:Salvia porphyrantha
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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

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)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall




Other details:

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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 herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Foliage Color:


Dark Green

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:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Alameda, California

Glen Avon, California

Pedley, California

Rubidoux, California

Sunnyslope, California

Dacula, Georgia

Barbourville, Kentucky

Alvarado, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas(2 reports)

Belton, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Dripping Springs, Texas(2 reports)

Elgin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Laredo, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

North Richland Hills, Texas

Poteet, Texas

San Antonio, Texas(2 reports)

San Marcos, Texas(2 reports)

Spring Branch, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 6, 2016, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:

It grows wild under one bunch of Live oaks and cedars. I love this little guy . he seeds out as a friendly found cover. I am trying to get them established in other wild areas of my land. They grow without watering here in Central Texas and that is a very welcomed thing. They do bloom beautifully in the spring and then disappear to be replaced by other plants. They bloom at the same time as my yellow columbine , bugleweed and Dame's rocket.


On Apr 26, 2013, KWM_SA from San Antonio, TX wrote:

I have this growing in a dry, well mulched bermed bed in dappled shade (with some splashes of morning sun). It blooms in about April and maybe again in the fall if we get some rain. It's not a show stopper as the plant is relatively small and not a prolific bloomer. I have mine growing with Turk's cap. The plants are low to the ground and have pretty scalloped leaves. This has reseeded very well for me with little supplemental watering once established.


On Jun 5, 2008, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

This is one of my top picks for a shade plant here in Texas, and it is also native to the area. It may not be as showy as some Salvias, but when it is in bloom, the long bloom spires (red to a deep reddish-orange) sure are pretty. I see most of the blooming in the spring and early summer, but it does continue to bloom sporadically throughout the summer and fall, especially if supplemental water is provided.

Fairly drought tolerant, and can make it just fine w/o a lot of extra watering and babying. Ir can also take a fair amount of sun, although a light to strong dapple seems to be what it prefers.

A perennial here, but also reseeds as well. The seedlings are easily enough pulled out or relocated, so I definitely would not consider it to be "invasive".
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On Jul 10, 2003, christiantx from San Marcos, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Seed may be easily collected from pods on plant. The seed may be viewed inside the pod as w/ other salvia's and should be black before removed. Plant has scent of cedar if foliage is rubbed w/ fingers. As previously mentioned the red blooms add a very dramatic effect to shaded areas.I have several plants that are successful in full sun as well.


On Jun 29, 2003, mdk from Austin, TX wrote:

This plant will add an unexpected red accent to a shady, well-drained area, but does not bloom continuously. Should make a good early-season attraction for hummingbirds.

S. roemeriana seems to prefer shade to part shade and well drained soil with a fair amount of decomposed matter. In the wild, it seems to occur most abundantly near riperian limestone outcroppings with underlying seeps (but well away from the "fern and moss zone"). This is my opinion, based on my observations at three different Central Texas sites.

One herbacious stem cutting took about 6 weeks to root, but the roots grew very quickly once they started. [The cutting was salvaged after a local wild population was heavily damaged by irresponsible "flower pickers."