Tropical Sage

Salvia coccinea

(Wildflower)

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Profile for the Tropical Sage

Type of Plant: An erect wildflower, sometimes reaching 6' in height, with toothed leaves and a showy spike of bright red, 2-lipped flowers.  Blooms year round in the south.
Habitat: Hammocks, disturbed sites, and sandy woodlands
Distribution: South Carolina, south nearly throughout Florida, and west to Mississippi.  Zones 8 to 10.
Landscape Use: May be used as a specimen plant, but sought after mostly for butterfly, hummingbird, and wildflower gardens.
Wildlife Benefit: Attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.
Soil: Poor, neutral to slightly alkaline soils.
Light: Full sun to dappled shade.
Water: Drought tolerant, but adaptable to a wide range of conditions.
Misc: Extended flowering period. Self-seeding.

 

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