Salvia coccinea
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Salvia coccinea

blood sage
Texas sage
Tropical sage

  family lamiaceae 
  genus salvia 

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Genus  Salvia Species  coccinea Variety  Cultivar  Common names  blood sage   Texas sage   Tropical sage Family  LAMIACEAE Specimen number  S11259 Data source  HtZn p165;HumGrdn p70
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Herb Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  3' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Dry Optimal soil texture  Sandy Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-10b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-01 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Salvia coccinea has a good supply of nectar that hummingbirds feed on. Tropical sage (also known as blood sage and Texas sage) can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. This plant needs summer days with high heat. This species does well in sandy soils. Full sun is best for growing this plant. It does well in dry soils. This species can survive for a while without water.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  yes Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Division Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Salvia coccinea is typically propagated by division. Tropical sage (in some places called blood sage and Texas sage) most likely originates from Tropical South America.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Salvia coccinea is an herbaceous perennial. Leaves: Tropical sage (locally known in some parts as blood sage and Texas sage) has heart shaped leaves. Flowers: This plant has pea like flower blossoms on the tips of stems. Blooms appear for a 7 month period from April through October. Blossoms in such colors as scarlet, red and white are common.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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