Scarlet Sage Growing Guide

Salvia splendens, Salvia Coccinea

Scarlet Sage

Crop Rotation Group



Any sunny site with good drainage.


Full sun to partial afternoon shade.

Frost tolerant

None. Scarlet sage cannot tolerate cold temperatures.


Mix a light application of a balanced organic fertilizer into the soil prior to planting.


Mixes well with upright flowers or herbs, and the blossoms are much loved by hummingbirds.


Single Plants: 11" (30cm) each way (minimum)
Rows: 11" (30cm) with 11" (30cm) row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

Scarlet sage needs warm soil to grow well, so wait until the last frost has passed to set out plants. Start seeds indoors in individual containers or set out purchased plants. Space plants 12 inches (30 cm) apart in all directions.
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Pinching off the first bloom will encourage plants to grow into lush bushes bearing numerous flower spikes.


Gather stems to use in cut arrangements. Snip off old flowers every few weeks to keep plants in bloom all summer.


Scarlet sage has few problems with pests or diseases. Newer named varieties are vigorous and very heavy blooming.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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Pests which Affect Scarlet Sage