White Tropical Sage | Salvia coccinea | Florida Native Wildflower Perennial | Pollinator

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White Sage, Tropical Sage

1 gallon pots, shipped bare root but wrapped carefully.

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

Plant Specifics

Form: Flower
Size: 2-6 ft tall by .5-2 ft wide
Life Span: Annual to short-lived perennial
Flower Color: WHITE
Fruit Color: Brown
Phenology: Can bloom at any time of year. Tends to die back in northern areas.
Noted for: Showy flowers


Recommended Uses: Wildflower gardens and meadows.
Considerations: Readily self-seeds and can be fairly aggressive.
Propagation: Readily self-seeds, seeds can be easily collected by bagging the flowers once they start to wilt.

Light:  Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
  (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Very long very dry periods)
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance: Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance: Moderate. Tolerant of salty wind and may get some salt spray. Exposure to salt spray would be uncommon (major storms).
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH: 5.5 to 7.5



Attracts hummingbirds, nut-hatches, and warblers.


Attracts butterflies, bumblebees, and other pollinators.

Native Habitats: Disturbed sites, calcareous bluffs, shell mounds.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany: Reports on edibility of this plant are conflicting...and there is potential to confuse this native with other red-flowered Salvia species. People have reported getting a severe stomach ache from consuming a concentrated extract from the flower. Others have suggested that the leaves can be dried and used instead of the imported sages. Both the leaves and flowers have a slightly sour minty taste and have been used in salads or as garnish. Just remember, what you eat is your own responsibility....
General Comments: In mild areas, plants sometimes persist through the winter and will bloom again. They need to be cut way back or they will not be attractive.

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