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Radio Red Salvia -
This is a true red Salvia that meets the demand for this popular hue. It keeps its color long and does not fade as quickly as other red varieties. This accolade receiving sage was rated the best of its species by Penn State University, Landisville.
The Radio Red Autumn Sage has stunning scarlet red flowers that grow above light green foliage in an upright manner. These lightly scented flowers grow from unique dark red buds. It blooms from spring to fall. Prune dry flowers to stimulate repeat blooming.
This fairly low maintenance plant spreads to up to 3 ft. wide and 2-3 ft. tall. It also has a moderate growth rate and should only be pruned after flowering. It will perform optimally when grown in rich soils with full sun to partial shade. It is considered drought resistant and therefore makes a perfect garden plant for dry areas. Apply a thick mulch in winter or colder climates to protect it. This hardy plant is also tolerant of urban climates that have pollutants and is a great choice for city environments.
The Autumn Sage is native to North America. Water it generously and frequently during the first planting to develop an adequate root system and apply a general purpose fertilizer. Although a perennial in zones 7 to 9, this plant may be grown as an annual in cooler climates.
This red sage can be used as an ornamental perennial plant in cottage, rustic and Mediterranean style gardens. Its fruits are merely ornamental and not edible but the flowers are excellent for cutting. Plant it outdoors as a border plant or in a pot alongside other plants that have height variance for a ‘spiller-thriller-filler’ combination. Great companions to this sage include Butterfly Bush, Coneflower, Sedum and Black-eyed Susan.
Salvia greggii 'Radio Red' Plant Patent #26,362
It attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds, but is deer resistant. You can find the Autumn Sage for sale online here at GreenwoodNursery.com.
Autumn Sage Radio Red is grown in 3.5 inch pots. Orders shipping to CA or AZ may be bare rooted before being prepped for shipping.