November 21, 2017

A Shot of Brazil

Salvia splendens 'Sizzler Red'

Janine Pineo Photo | Salvia splendens 'Sizzler Red'

Little makes as much impact as a clump of Salvia. Certainly, some species are less than showy, and then there are the ones like Salvia splendens ‘Sizzler Red.’ It makes a great low-growing plant for borders, reaching only a foot in height and that from the flower spike, which is as good as its name, a sizzling red. Its roots are in Brazil, where it is a perennial growing at higher elevations where it is always warm and with high humidity. The dwarf varieties of scarlet sage are popular in the garden trade, for the native one allegedly can reach more than 4 feet in height to 26 feet. Now that would be a sizzling sight, indeed.