Salvia, Hummingbird Sage, Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage 'Lady in Red'

Salvia coccinea

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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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


18-24 in. (45-60 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

Sun to Partial Shade



Bloom Color:


Scarlet (dark red)

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly



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:


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 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

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:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


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

Chandler, Arizona

Gilbert, Arizona(2 reports)

Tempe, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Camarillo, California

Clayton, California

Grass Valley, 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

Needham, Massachusetts

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

Spring, 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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 12, 2016, LarryScot from Needham, MA (Zone 7a) wrote:

They are very showy plants to have in a garden. Even though they like hot conditions, they like to be watered and deadheaded. Usually I deadhead until October and then let them reseed. The file says the plants do not come true from seed which is wrong because this hybrid reseeds more than any other plant I have.


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 shad... read more


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!


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

Grows from seed. Easy care, beautiful plants.


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.


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!


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.


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.


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