Salvia coccinea Murray

Tropical Sage

Annual or occasionally perennial herb to about 1 m tall. Leaves broadly ovate, to about 5 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, lower surface grey-green,margin more or less round- toothed, stalk to 2 cm long. Flowers in branched clusters, each verticillaster of 4-8 flowers, spaced above one another; summer. Calyx 13-veined. Corolla about 1.5 cm long, red (rarely white, pink, orange or bicoloured), hairy outside. Stamens protruding slightly.

Tropical S America or Mexico

Source: Garnett, L.; Ellis, G.; Spencer, R.; Templeton, S. (2002). Salvia. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Salvia coccinea 'Alba'

Flowers white, possibly better referred to under the cultivar name 'Lactea'.

Salvia coccinea 'Bicolor'

Upper lip of corolla white, lower orange.

Salvia coccinea 'Lady In Red'

Flowers profuse, in dense heads with dark flowering calyces.

Probably a hybrid with S. coccinea as a parent.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Lamiaceae
genus        Salvia L.