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.