Salvia greggii Red

Salvia greggii Red


Description: Salvia greggii 'Red' is a compact, bushy shrub with aromatic foliage and abundant spikes of tubular flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. The 'Red' variety, as the name suggests, produces vibrant red flowers that contrast beautifully with the plant's dark green foliage. The flowers bloom profusely from late spring to fall, creating a striking display of color in the garden. The aromatic foliage has a slightly minty scent when crushed and is deer-resistant, making it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes.

Size: Salvia greggii 'Red' typically grows to a height and spread of about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 centimeters) tall and wide, although individual plants may vary in size depending on growing conditions and pruning practices. It has a compact, mounding growth habit, with upright stems that are densely covered with foliage and flowers. 'Red' Autumn Sage is well-suited to borders, rock gardens, containers, and mass plantings.

Best Growing Zones: Salvia greggii 'Red' is hardy in USDA plant hardiness zones 7 through 10, where temperatures remain above freezing year-round. It thrives in regions with hot, dry summers and mild winters, making it well-suited to Mediterranean climates and other areas with similar conditions. 'Red' Autumn Sage may also be grown as an annual or overwintered indoors in colder climates, although it may not be as cold hardy in these regions.

Soil and Sun Requirements: Salvia greggii 'Red' prefers well-drained soil with good fertility and adequate moisture retention. It thrives in full sun exposure, receiving at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. 'Red' Autumn Sage is tolerant of a wide range of soil types, including sandy, loamy, or rocky soils, as long as they are well-drained. Adequate sunlight is essential for promoting vigorous growth and abundant flowering.

Maintenance: Salvia greggii 'Red' is relatively low-maintenance and requires minimal care to thrive. Water regularly during the growing season, especially during periods of drought, to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Deadhead spent flowers regularly to promote continuous blooming and maintain the plant's appearance. Prune as needed to maintain the desired shape and size, removing any dead, diseased, or overgrown branches.

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