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Salvia pseudococcinea

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(False Tropical Sage) Sometimes plant naming is complicated. Such is the case with Salvia pseudococcinea, which is known by a number of scientific and common names. Sometimes it is called Salvia coccinea var. pseudococcinea.

Price: $11.50
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Degree of Difficulty
Easy
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
Common name
This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
False Tropical Sage
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
9 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
48"+/36"/60"+
Exposure
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Rich
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Average
Pot size
This is the size of the pot your plant will arrive in.
3 1/2 inch deep pot
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Yes!
Hummingbird plant? Yes!
Synonym Salvia coccinea var. pseudococcinea
  • Salvia pseudococcinea
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(False Tropical Sage) Sometimes plant naming is complicated. Such is the case with Salvia pseudococcinea, which is known by a number of scientific and common names. Sometimes it is called Salvia coccinea var. pseudococcinea.

So despite its somewhat doubt-inspiring name, this is a true subspecies of S. coccinea.

False Tropical Sage has hairy stems and is much taller in bloom than most types of S. coccinea. But to paraphrase a quote from a John Wayne western, this plant sure is awful pretty when blooming like mad. Similar to shorter members of the species, it is sometimes called Blood Sage, Cherry Red Sage or Texas Sage.

The floral spikes of this American and Caribbean native look airy due to wide spacing between the whorls of deep red blossoms. Bright green calyxes touched with deep purple support the flowers and intensify the plant's beauty.

Give this long-blooming sage full sun to partial shade, rich soil and average to ample watering. Aside from theatrical good looks, you'll be rewarded with lots of butterfly, honeybee and hummingbird activity. Don't worry about deer; they resist its charms.