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Salvia splendens is often confused with:
Salvia farinacea Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'
Salvia x digenea Salvia x superba
Native alternative(s) for Salvia splendens:
Salvia lyrata Salvia lyrata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Salvia farinacea Salvia farinacea 'Victoria Blue'
Antirrhinum majus Antirrhinum majus
Monarda didyma plant with Lantana camara 'Miss Huff' in summer in Moore County

Salvia splendens

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Salvia brasiliensis
  • Salvia colorans
Phonetic Spelling
SAL-vee-ah SPLEN-denz
Description

A tender perennial from Brazil grown as an annual.  Cultivars are available in various shades of red, pink, blue, lavender, orange, white and bicolor.  Genus name comes from the Latin word salveo meaning to save or heal in reference to the purported medically curative properties attributed to some plants in the genus.  Specific epithet means splendid.

Full sun to part shade; average well-drained soil; good for beds, borders, cottage gardens, and cutting gardens; compact selections are good for edging and containers.

Blooms summer til frost; conspicuous with terminal clusters of bright red flowers; white cultivars exist, as well as reddish-purple selections which can be very dark; petals drop early and calyces then begin fading in hues.

Quick ID

  • Terminal clusters scarlet flowers
  • Calyx two-lipped, broad
  • Corolla elongate-tubular, upper lobes overtop lowe
  • Opposite ovate leaves on square twigs

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Vista Red White'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#white#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#partial shade#annual#summer#blue#spring#container plant#wildlife plant#red flowers#nectar plant#fall interest#cottage garden#cpp#well-drained soil#deer resistant#borders#pollinator plant#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Vista Red White'
Tags:
#hummingbirds#red#white#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#partial shade#annual#summer#blue#spring#container plant#wildlife plant#red flowers#nectar plant#fall interest#cottage garden#cpp#well-drained soil#deer resistant#borders#pollinator plant#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    splendens
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Brazil
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 8 in. - 0 ft. 10 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    Less than 12 inches
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Blue
    Orange
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Variegated
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    1-3 inches
    Flower Description:
    Flowers red to scarlet; calyx scarlet, zygomorphic, 2-lipped, persisting in fruit with color fading; corolla scarlet, elongate tubular, to 1.3 inches long, ephemeral, short-lived, upper lobes longer than lower lobes. Inflorescence a terminal verticillate raceme; verticillasters 2-6 flowered.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Crenate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    opposite, petiolate, ovate, crenate, short acuminate,rotund to subcordate, glabrate
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
    Stem Description:
    erect, 8-30" tall square stems
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Container
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Cutting Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Pollinators