This fast-growing native (Salvia coccinea) attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. It can reach a height of 2 to 4 feet and a spread of 1 to 2 feet. Salvia has medium drought and low to no salt tolerance. It prefers full sun, well to medium drained soil moisture and any soil texture will do. Salvia also does well in partial shade, but the amount of flowering is reduced. This plant prefers slightly acid to slightly alkaline soil pH of 6.0 to 7.2.
In the perennial garden at the Extension Service, we have salvia sporting red, pink, and blue/purple flowers. Flowering occurs during the spring, summer and fall. This is another plant that reseeds itself with vigor! It’s great in mass plantings, as edging, as a border plant or for cut flowers.
For information, please see the University of Florida publications “Salvia coccinea Scarlet Salvia, Scarlet Sage” at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp519 and “Salvia x ‘Indigo Spires’ Indigo Spires Salvia’ (non-native with blue-purple flowers) at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/fp530.
We hope you will stop by to view our salvia plants.
The Bette S. Walker Discovery Garden is one of several demonstration gardens at the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension Service, 5339 County Road 579, Seffner.