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Lady In Red Sage

Salvia coccinea 'Lady In Red'

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Lady In Red Sage (Salvia coccinea 'Lady In Red') at Ashcombe Farm & Greenhouses

Salvia coccinea 'Lady In Red' flowers

Salvia coccinea 'Lady In Red' flowers

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Plant Height:  12 inches

Flower Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Texas Sage, Ornamental Sage, Hummingbird Sage

Description:

A brilliant variety producing multiple spikes of dazzling scarlet-red blooms on silvery gray stems; a beautiful addition to borders or containers with its dense and bushy form

Ornamental Features

Lady In Red Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of scarlet tubular flowers rising above the foliage from early summer to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive fragrant pointy leaves emerge grayish green in spring, turning dark green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The gray stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Lady In 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.

Lady In Red Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

Planting & Growing

Lady In Red Sage will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 18 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 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 selection of a native North American species.

Lady In Red Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. 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  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features