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Cardinal Sage

Salvia fulgens

Also known as

Mexican Red Sage, Mexican Scarlet Sage, Sage

Full Sun
Light watering
Half-hardy

H3

RHS hardiness

-5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

5 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Cardinal Sage Overview

This is a perennial subshrub which is about 75cm tall, with oval, heart-shaped leaves that are white felted underneath and about 8cm long. The flowers are red, 5cm long, hairy, and are very showy and will appear in early summer to mid autumn.

Common problems with Cardinal Sage

How to propagate Cardinal Sage

Cuttings

Propagate shrubs and sub-shrubs by softwood, semi-ripe or basal cuttings in mid-summer.

Seed

Sow seed of half hardy annuals under glass in early spring and of fully hardy species outdoors in mid-spring.

Division

You can propagate perennials by division in the spring.

Other uses of Cardinal Sage

Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods. Suitable for coastal conditions.