|Annual salvias or sages are grown for their showy flower spikes, which provide a long season of color from early summer through fall. The popular Scarlet Sage from Brazil has vivid, scarlet flowers which attract hummingbirds, but the blooms lose their color after cutting. Varieties are also available with salmon, purple and white flowers. Mealy-Cup Sage, a Texas native, has airy blue or white flowers and silver foliage that reaches 3 feet in height. Good in rock gardens. Plant any type in masses in bedding, edging and containers. Start from seed 8 to 10 weeks before last frost in full sun or light shade. Need light to germinate, so do not cover with soil. Avoid overwatering. Pinch seedlings or transplants at 6 to 8 inches tall to encourage branching.
Grown as annual or perennial. This 6-inch to 8-foot-tall bushy shrub has fresh, glossy green leaves. The small, tubular, red flowers grow in thick, showy spikes from early summer until frost.
Attributes - Salvia splendens
Plant Type: Annual
Bloom Season: Mid Summer through Mid Fall
Flower Color: Red
Height: 3 ft. to 8 ft.
Width: 8 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Notes: Thrives in Hot Climates. Container Plants, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.
Salvia farinacea, Salvia farinacea 'Victoria', Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue', Salvia splendens 'Red Hot Sally'