What about it?
Sage is a member of the Mint Family: feel its square stem. It is an annual that will grow up to 3 feet tall. Flowers are in terminal racemes of bright red, with newer varieties of purple or white.
What is it used for?
Scarlet sage is commonly used as a bedding or a border plant. Its bright colors do not always combine well with other plants. Sage looks especially splendid with white flowers and silvery-gray foliage.
Where does it grow? How do we grow it?
Plant scarlet sage 12 inches apart in the full sun with moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Remember to remove the faded flower spikes.
What are its primary problems?
Sage seems to have a problem with keeping a continous color. Be on the look-out for slugs which will eat holes in the leaves.
How do we propagate it?
Sow the seeds indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost Maintain a 65-70 degree temperature until germination, 55 degree after germination, or sow outdoors when the night temperature are still above 50.
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