Scarlet Sage Facts

Scarlet Sage Facts image by Carl E Lewis/
Scarlet Sage Facts image by Carl E Lewis/


Scarlet sage (Salvia coccinea) is also known as blood sage because of its bright red bloom. It is commonly included in hummingbird and butterfly gardens. Scarlet sage is an annual in the northern United States and a perennial in the southern and western United States.


Scarlet sage grows up to 3 feet tall on square stems. The leaves and stems are bright green. The bright red flowers are 1 inch long and tubular in shape.

Growth Requirements

Scarlet sage requires partial to full sun for optimal blooms. Soil needs to be well-drained.

Planting Scarlet Sage

Seeds should be sown in late winter or early spring at a depth of 1/16 inch. The soil should be kept moist. A general flower fertilizer should be used once per month.

Growth Rate

Scarlet sage germinates in 10 to 30 days. Flowers will bloom from April until the first frost.


Scarlet sage is a noninvasive flower that will reseed itself annually. It is also deer resistant.


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Keywords: Scarlet sage, Salvia coccinea, butterfly garden flowers, hummingbird garden flowers

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Currently residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, Tammy Curry began writing agricultural and frugal living articles in 2004. Her articles have appeared in the Mid-Atlantic Farm Chronicle and Country Family Magazine. Ms. Curry has also written SEO articles for She holds an associate's degree in science from Jefferson College of Health Sciences.

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