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Scarlet Sage Salvia
 
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Scarlet Sage Salvia (150 seeds) (FL255) $2.00

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Scarlet Sage Salvia

         
 
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(Salvia coccinea) Perennial, usually grown as an annual. Branched plant to 2 feet tall, making a lovely mound of gray-green foliage even before the blooming season. Flower spikes are insanely showy—each one four inches or so in length, covered with rich scarlet tubular flowers over a very long season. How’s that for “pop”?
 
Scarlet Sage Salvia
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 4
Easy to Grow 2.5
EarlyMaturity 1.5

75.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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2 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Erik
Location:
Chicago, IL, United States
Date:
March 7, 2018
          2.0
 
Not all sage is edible
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? Pretty, attracts hummingbirds

What are the cons? Just a flower. Toxic

Review:

This is more a clarification than a review. Salvia coccinea IS pretty and will attract hummingbirds and (especially Sulfur) butterflies. It is NOT edible to people. Even small amounts of the flowers, though they lack the typical warning sign of bitterness, will give you horribly explosive diarrhea. The best edible red Salvia (if you live z8 or are willing to grow it in a pot and take indoors) is S. microphylla (mirto de montes, blackcurrant sage: flowers edible, leaves good for tea) though in z9 and with closer attention to water, pineapple sage (S. elegans) is also good. Salvia greggii has edible flowers but skunky leaves that are considered medicinal but not edible. Some of the red flowered Salvias native to TX might have edible flowers (www.wildflower.org claims this), but after my experience with S. coccinea I am reluctant to try them without independent confirmation. Baker Creek sells S. horminium (viridis), which is edible but I haven't tried it.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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3 out of 4 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Nessa
Location:
Shady Side, MD, United States
Date:
August 26, 2017
          5.0
 
Bright spot near the garden
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5
 

What are the pros? Beautiful color

What are the cons? None

Review:

Planted these on a whim, edge of newly dig garden area and really thought they wouldn't survive. We basically ignored them and willed them to live and live they did! We grew a ton of vegetables (first garden for my husband) and my husband said that he loved the salvia the most. Easy to grow, self sustaining, took a brutal dry, hot August and survived lack of water while we were on vacation.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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6 out of 7 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Mary
Location:
Knoxville, TN, United States
Date:
August 2, 2017
          5.0
 
I believe its Salvia coccinea
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 3.0
 

What are the pros? read the comment

What are the cons? none

Review:

Not really a review but rather an answer to the previous "review" (question), which has gone unanswered. It looks like Salvia coccinea, and "scarlet sage" is a common name for S. coccinea. It is odd that the species name is never given. In any case--I've grown S. coccinea many times, and it's beautiful, graceful, and easy. Hummingbirds love it, and it self-sows enough to be a bonus but not a burden. Much more attractive than the squat-looking red salvia so often sold in home-improvement and big-box stores. So if this is indeed S. coccinea, it's a fabulous, easy plant!

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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2 out of 3 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
bug
Location:
point reyes station, CA, United States
Date:
September 18, 2016
          4.0
 
question
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? it's sage!

What are the cons? n/a

Review:

not a real review but question. what is the scientific name of this species? is it salvia elegans or another variety? I would love to have more information.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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