Botanical Name: Salvia splendens
Hardiness: Perennial in USDA zones 10 and 11; usually grown as an annual
Plant Dimensions: 24" tall, 18"–22" wide
Variety Information: ¾" scarlet-red flowers clustered densely along upright 10" spikes that rise above plant foliage.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to frost
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Heat Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks after your average last frost date.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED 6 to 8 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 7–14 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 4 seeds every 12"–18"
Thinning: When 1" tall, thin to 1 every 12"–18"
Special Instructions: Deadheaded often (remove spent blossoms) to keep plants blooming robustly.
Special Care: Press seed into soil surface; do not cover with soil. Water gently or mist so as not to disturb the seed. When starting indoors, cover seed containers with clear plastic wrap to help retain moisture and keep the seed in place. Once seedlings emerge, remove the plastic wrap.