Sage, Scarlet (Salvia coccinea) (Hummingbird sage)
Family: Mint (Lamiaceae)
Scarlet sage, with its vibrant red vase-shaped flowers, is highly attractive to hummingbirds. This attraction gives it a nickname of hummingbird sage. Additionally, it is a favorite of butterflies and bees while making a great addition to a cut wildflower arrangement.
Like most sage varieties, scarlet sage is known to help reduce the effects of anxiety. Red sage blossoms can help us heal emotional wounds and broken hearts. It is said, sage blossom can provide assistance with the discovery of finding and removing unhealthy cords or tethers that siphon our energy.
Physically, studies have suggested that it is an antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anticoagulant, as well as used in wound healing. Both the bark and leaves are commonly used in folkloric medicine; specifically, the leaves can be used for dressing wounds, treating colds and coughs. A tincture can be made in the combination of Salvia Coccinea with Salvia Divinorum for meditative purposes and effects.
Quick color for borders and beds, this is a good choice for mesic to dry sites.
Cultivation: Press light-dependent seeds into the surface of the soil in early spring. Direct seed in the garden bed and tamp well, or start in pots and transplant out after the last frost. Average germ time 6 days. Flowers 1 to 2 feet wide and about 2 feet tall. Not invasive, companions well with other plants.
Packet of 200 organic Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) seeds.