Scarlet Sage Picture Gallery

If the world were to coronate a Salvia as its favorite annual, there's little doubt that a deep red variety of Scarlet Sage (Salvia splendens) would bear the sceptre. It's a global favorite garbed in lush foliage and flower spikes thick with blossoms from late spring until frost.

Yet S. splendens is such a popular species that many people simply call it the commonest of common names -- Bedding Sage or Red Sage. When it was first introduced to horticulture in 1822, it was known as Lee's Scarlet Sage.


Properties for plants in the Scarlet Sage Picture Gallery
Name Mature height Mature width Flower color Bract color Exposure
Salvia splendens van houttei 'Dancing Flame' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Moderate Reddish Orange Vivid Reddish Orange Partial shade
Salvia splendens 'Sao Borja' 5 to 6 feet 5 to 6 feet Deep Purplish Red Dark Red Partial shade
Salvia splendens van houttei 'Burgundy' 1 to 2 feet 1 to 2 feet Deep Purplish Red Vivid Red Partial shade
Salvia splendens van houttei 'Faye Chapel' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Vivid Red Vivid Reddish Orange Partial shade
Salvia splendens van houttei 'Elk White' 5 to 6 feet 2 to 3 feet Pure White Light Greenish Yellow Partial shade
Salvia darcyi x splendens 'Roman Red' 2 to 3 feet 2 to 3 feet Not yet defined * Not yet defined * Full sun to partial shade
* We have not yet defined this plants colors