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Salvia splendens 'Red Hot Sally 2'

Scarlet Sage

Red Hot Sally II is a reliable, long-lasting performer, boasting dark red spikes with contrasting dark green foliage. Flower spikes are short and full for a dramatic show. Dwarf variety that works well in borders, edges, containers, rock gardens and as the focal point of a mass planting. Deer tend to walk away from its herbaceous foliage while bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds flock to the plants flower spikes.

Height: 10-12 Inches

Spread: 6-8 Inches

USDA Zone: Zones 11-12

Color: Dark Red

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 when compared to other annuals.  Deadhead as needed to promote continuous bloom.

Characteristics & Attributes:

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies


  • Heat Tolerant
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Dwarf

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant

Design Use:

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


  • Full Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Dark Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Fall

Soil Moisture:

  • Average
  • Well Drained