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Lighthouse Red Sage

Salvia splendens 'Lighthouse Red'

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Lighthouse Red Sage (Salvia splendens 'Lighthouse Red') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Salvia splendens 'Lighthouse Red' flowers

Salvia splendens 'Lighthouse Red' flowers

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Lighthouse Red Sage (Salvia splendens 'Lighthouse Red') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Salvia splendens 'Lighthouse Red' in bloom

Salvia splendens 'Lighthouse Red' in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Sage, Tropical Sage

Description:

A beacon in the garden, producing large spikes of bright red blooms all season; a beautiful addition to borders or containers with its dense and bushy form, looks fantastic in containers

Ornamental Features

Lighthouse Red Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of red tubular flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive pointy leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Lighthouse Red Sage is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Lighthouse Red Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Lighthouse Red Sage will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 14 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Lighthouse Red Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features