Salvia, Hummingbird Sage, Scarlet Sage, Texas Sage, Tropical Sage 'Forest Fire'

Salvia coccinea

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


18-24 in. (45-60 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)

Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:

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

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

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

Citrus Heights, California

Elk Grove, California

Sacramento, California

Bokeelia, Florida

Oldsmar, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Greenville, Indiana

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Leesville, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Madison, Mississippi

O Fallon, Missouri

Las Vegas, Nevada

New Milford, New Jersey

Roswell, New Mexico

Elba, New York

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Leola, Pennsylvania

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Crawford, Texas

Flint, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Katy, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Spicewood, Texas

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 11, 2014, flagwavr from Spring Branch, TX wrote:

I planted Salvia coccinea "Forest Fire" around our pump house one year ago. With no additional water, Forest Fire reseeded itself nearby, in the dead of hot Central Texas summer. I now dig up smaller plants when they are about 4-5 inches tall and replant them where I want to start a new patch. Be sure to snip back about 1/2 inch and any flowers so the new transplant will use its energy to grow roots and not try to support flowers. Most die back in January/February, but come right back up from seed when the ground warms up in March. What a fantastic, beautiful, hummy/bee friendly plant for the Texas Hill Country!


On Jul 28, 2014, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

This plant is the easiest plant in the world to grow. I love it. The hummingbirds love it. It reseeds. It even will flower indoors in the winter when it surprises me and germinates in pots I have brought inside. I never see this sold in the local nurseries, I suppose because once someone has it they have it for ever ... but in a good way. It is not invasive. This salvia is much superior to the Salvia splendens everone plants as a summer annual here - a plant that to my mind looks like blowsy tart compared to this graceful beauty.