Salvia coccinea (SALVINIACEAE) Red Salvia

Weeds to Whack

Red Salvia, also known as Red Texas Sage, Scarlet Sage, Tropical Sage and Wild Salvia is a garden ornamental, originally from South Carolina to Florida and west to Texas and Central America, and in the West Indies. A subshrub perennial in warmer climates and an annual where winter temperatures stay below freezing for more than a few hours at a time. The plant has a square stem, and can reach about 1 metre tall, with opposite, triangular leaves on long petioles.
Salvia coccinea – Red Salvia

Flower Spike

Showy flowers are bright red, arranged in loose whorls along the upright stem, continuously from early summer to first frost. This specimen was photographed near Goldie Street The Gap.

Photo: Robert Whyte