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Tropical sage, Blood sage
Salvia coccinea
Lamiaceae


General Landscape Uses:

Wildflower gardens.
Availability:
Native plant nurseries. Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery (561-641-9488), in Groveland at Green Isle Gardens (321-436-4932) and in Davie at Alexander Landscaping & Plant Farm (954-472-5039).
Description:
Small to large herbaceous wildflower.
Dimensions:
About 2-4 feet in height. Generally taller than broad.
Growth Rate:
Fast.
Range:
Perhaps native to the southeastern United States and tropical America; now widely cultivated and naturalized in the tropics and subtropics.
Habitats:
Hammocks and disturbed sites.
Soils:
Moist, well-drained sandy soils, with humusy top layer.
Nutritional Requirements:
Moderate; can grow in nutrient poor soils, but needs some organic content to thrive.
Salt Water Tolerance:
Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.
Salt Wind Tolerance:
High; can tolerate moderate amounts of salt wind without injury.
Drought Tolerance:
High; does not require any supplemental water once established.
Light Requirements:
Full sun to light shade.
Flower Color:
Red.
Flower Characteristics:
Showy.
Flowering Season:
All year; peak in spring.
Fruit:
Inconspicuous nutlet.
Wildlife and Ecology:
Nectar plant for butterflies and hummingbirds.
Horticultural Notes:
Can be grown from seed.


 


Roger L. Hammer
Susan Trammell
Shirley Denton
Shirley Denton