Salvia Seeds - Scarlet Sage


Salvia coccinea


Guaranteed to provide a head-turning display of dramatic red blooms! Salvia is a versatile plant that takes the heat well and continues blooming all summer long. Beautiful and useful as it's a great nectar plant and well loved by pollinators. Summer-Fall blooming. Full Sun. Annual but can be perennial in zones 9-10.
  • Planting Information
  • Growing Information
Average Seed / ozSeed / 100' RowAverage Yield / 100' RowDays to Harvest
Planting SeasonIdeal Soil TempSunFrost Tolerance
After Last Frost60°FFull/PartFrost Sensitive
Sowing MethodSeed DepthDirect Seed SpacingSeeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed1/16"N/A300
Mature SpacingDays to SproutProduction CycleSeed Viability
14-18"14-21Annual2-3 years

Bed Preparation


Salvia varieties prefer full sun and well-drained soil. As perennials, they slowly spread out and take up more area as they mature from year to year, so choose a spacious location where the plant can thrive over time in a bed with other perennial flowers or perennial herbs. Salvias thrive in a hot or cool, dry environment.




Sow seeds in flats indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost. Soaking seeds can aid in germination, but is not necessary for good results. Transplant in mid to late spring. Perennial to zones 4-8. Water lightly to moderately.




For flowering salvias, harvest flowers regularly and deadhead any that have passed their prime. For culinary and medicinal varieties, harvest leaves in the second year of growth, or sparingly in the first year.




Hang dry in bundles or screen dry. Once completely dried, store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place.