Salvia splendens (LAMIACEAE) Scarlet Sage, Tropical Sage

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Salvia splendens is a herbaceous perennial plant native to Brazil. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, elliptical, up to 7 cm long and 5 cm broad, with a toothed margin. The flowers grow on erect spikes up from the centre of the plant in clusters of 2-6 together at each leaf node; they are bright red, tubular to bell-shaped, up to 35 mm long, with two lobes at the apex, the larger, upper lobe up to 13 mm long. It is widely grown as an ornamental plant, with a large number of cultivars selected for different flower colour from white to dark purple. SOURCE: Wikipedia

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