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Salvia pentstemonoides

Salvia pentstemonoides
big red sage
Third-year plant
Common name big red sage
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z6-10)
Flowers purple-red (late spring-summer)
Size 3-5'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed germinate at room temperature
detailed seed-starting info below

Tall sage with spikes of 1.5" long purple-red flowers. Endangered in its natural habitat (southern/southeastern US). I never got to see what happened to my batch of seedlings from 2015, since we left our Pennsylvania garden the following year. My 2018 attempt from the same batch of seed, in Texas this time, yielded just a single seedling, but that one turned into a healthy first-year plant, with attractive glossy elongated leaves attached by purplish leaf stems. Flowers arrived by early June of the next year, and proceeded more robustly in the third year.

Salvia pentstemonoides
First-year plants in October
big red sage
Looking strong in early March of year two. It dropped its old leaves and made new ones, but never was without leaves altogether.

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: back fence border

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '14 trade. Baggy 70F (71%G, 5-12d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 70F (6%G, 6d)

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