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Salvia splendens 'Vista Mix'

Scarlet Sage

Sitting on compact plants with dark green foliage, the dense spikes of vista mix feature all the vista colors.  Use in garden beds, containers, or borders.  As long as they have sun and well-drained soil they are  happy. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds flock to the colorful spikes while deer tend to pass them by.   

Height: 10-12 Inches

Spread: 7-8 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 9-11

Color: Mixed Colors

Interesting Notes:

Native of Brasil.

Growing Tips for Homeowners:

Performs best in a full-sun location with well-drained soil.  Is heat tolerant and moderately drought tolerant once established.  Deadhead as needed to promote continuous bloom. More often treated as an annual but is a perennial in the warmer southern climates.

Characteristics & Attributes:

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Bees
  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies


  • Drought Tolerant
  • Cut Flower
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Compact

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

  • Woodland Edge
  • Container
  • Cut Flower
  • Rock Garden
  • Border
  • Filler
  • Mass Planting
  • Versatile
  • Ground Cover
  • Focal Point
  • Edging
  • Window Boxes


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Dark Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Well Drained
  • Average


  • Compact