Scarlet Sage is a long-lived perennial grows 2-3′ tall with stunning scarlet flowers that bloom from springtime to fall. This easy to care for plant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds, and beneficial insects. Plant in the spring for easiest plant establishment.
Seed pack contents: .25G Sows about 150’
Botanical name Salvia coccinea
Planting by Zones
- Plant in fall before seasonal rains for blooms until late summer.
- Grown as annual. Start seed indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Transplant out after the danger of frost is gone.
Planting Scarlet Sage Seeds
- Scarlet Sage seeds are small and should be sown close to the surface of the soil. If you are starting the seeds indoors in transplants or in starter pots, start seeds in a high-quality seed starting mix. Sprinkle the seed on top of well-moistened seed starting soil and cover with ¼” of finely sifted soil. Seeds will germinate in 15-21 or more days.
Growing Scarlet Sage
- Scarlet Sage can perennialize in mild climates but is likely to die back during cold winters. The plant will grow 1-2” tall and produce dazzling spikes of scarlet blooms that attract hummingbirds and pollinators. Enjoy the beautiful blooms that are great for cut flowers and have a long-lasting fragrance.
Growing Scarlet Sage in Containers
- If you are planting in containers, make sure your container is at least 10” deep. The larger the container, the more blooms you will get from your Sage. Keep in mind containers will dry out faster because they have more surface area and less soil to hold onto moisture.
Harvesting Scarlet Sage Flowers
- Scarlet Sage flowers make great cut flowers with an intoxicating fragrance. Cut flowers early in the morning and put them directly in a vase of water for the longest-lasting blooms. You can dry the flowers too!
Southern California Pro-tips
- In Zones 9 and 10, Scarlet Sage will grow happily from early spring until late fall.
- DO NOT overhead water as this promotes disease.
- Scarlet Sage grows well with other low water and southwest native flowers. We love to plant this sage alongside our Blue Sage and our southwest mix. Shop all our flowers here.
Additional Learning Resources
- New to starting crops from seeds? Please watch our Seed Starting Presentation to learn the basics!
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