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SALVIA coccinea 'Lady in Red'

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Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

SALVIA coccinea 'Lady in Red'( NYMPH SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Lady in Red Sage, Texas Sage

General Description

This bold, brilliant red-flowered salvia is a valuable, long-blooming bedding plant that thrives in hot summer conditions. A seed-grown strain of a species native to tropical South America, ‘Lady in Red’ forms a compact, bushy mound of rich green, pointed, heart-shaped leaves. Whorls of glowing red, tubular, lipped flowers emerge on single to branched spikes all summer as long as the weather remains warm and are absolutely irresistible to hummingbirds.

Grow this colorful salvia in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil of average moisture. Faded flower stems should be cut back to maximize continued blooming and to prevent self-sowing. Provide shelter from high winds, as its stems are brittle and may break easily. Perennial only in tropical areas, this plant is treated as an annual in temperate zones, where it blooms generously throughout the hot summer months. It is an ideal choice for containers, tropical plantings and mixed beds and borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States, South-Central United States, Texas, Mexico, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes