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SALVIA splendens 'van-Houttei'

Image of Salvia splendens 'van-Houttei'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

SALVIA splendens 'van-Houttei'

Plant Common Name

Scarlet Sage

General Description

Named for the father of Belgium horticulture, Louis Benoit van Houtte, this tender perennial is one of the first scarlet sage selections to become available to gardeners. It is valued for its tall, upright habit and produces burgundy wine colored flowers from spring to frost. This antique variety has recently reappeared in modern nurseries because of its easy to grow and has elegant appeal.

A classic bedding plant for sunny containers and beds, scarlet sage is a bushy, tender perennial that originates from Brazil. It is grown as a perennial in warmer zones where it becomes woody with age. In locations with cold winters, it survives as an annual. Salvia ‘van-Houttei’ has light to medium green foliage and produces spikes of wine-red flowers when temperatures are warm and accommodating. These tubular blooms are surrounded by equally showy, colorful calyces that persist long after the flowers have faded. The flowers are hummingbird pollinated, so this is a shoe-in plant for hummingbird gardens.

Full sun and average to rich garden loam with good drainage will make these scarlet sage happy. In frost-free zones, the plants prefer a bit of afternoon shade and will bloom most of the year with regular deadheading and feeding. They look best when planted in groups and mix well with other hot-flowered, heat-tolerant ornamentals.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    9 - 12

  • 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

    36"-48" / 91.4cm - 121.9cm

  • Width

    36"-48" / 91.4cm - 121.9cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Brazil

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Burgundy, Dark Red

  • Fruit Color

    Tan, Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Light Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green, Light 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

    Semi-Evergreen

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes