Blood Sage Plant Information
Blood Sage grows in the following 9 states:Georgia, Mississippi, South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Hawaii, Louisiana, Ohio, Texas
Salvia coccinea, the blood sage,scarlet sage, Texas sage, or tropical sage, is a herbaceous perennial in the Lamiaceae family that is widespread throughout the Southeastern United States, Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and northern South America (Colombia, Peru, and Brazil). At one time Brazil was considered to be where it originated, but its diploid chromosome count now points to Mexico as its place of origin.
Its specific epithet, coccinea, means "scarlet-dyed" (Latin), referring to the color of its flowers.
The plant reaches 2 to 4ft (0.61 to 1.22m) in height, with many branches, and a spread of about 2.5ft (0.76m). The hairy leaves, scalloped on the edges, are pea green, varying in size, all the way up to 3in (7.6cm) long and 2in (5.1cm) wide. Flower color and size is quite variable. The naturalized variety is typically tubular, bright red, about 1.25in (3.2cm) long. Flowers are pollinated by hummingbirds and butterflies.
Cultivated varieties include orange-red, pink, salmon, red, white, and scarlet, and include bi-colored varieties. The plant is hardy to USDA Hardiness Zones Zones 8-10.
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