Salvia coccinea Buch’hoz ex Etl.

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Salvia coccinea

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Nr Tiger Kloof, Mutare

Salvia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near entrance to Zona Tea Estates

Salvia coccinea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near entrance to Zona Tea Estates

Salvia coccinea

Photo: Mark Hyde
Hippo Pools

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Common names: Blood sage (English) Scarlet sage (English)
Description: Erect perennial herb or subshrub, to 1 m. Stems with long fine white hairs. Leaves 3-6 × 1-3.5 cm, ± triangular; base usually cordate. Whorls 6-10-flowered. Corolla 20-24 mm, usually a brilliant scarlet, less often pink, salmon-pink or white; posterior (‘upper’) lip straight; anterior (‘lower’) lip broader and longer than the posterior; stamens long exserted.
Derivation of specific name: coccinea: scarlet
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Worldwide distribution: Native of tropical America; introduced as a garden ornamental and naturalised elsewhere.
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Image last updated: Sunday 8 July 2012

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 57.

Paton, A.J. et al. (2013). Lamiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(8) Page 84. grown in gardens

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 79.

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Flora of Botswana: Salvia coccinea
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Salvia coccinea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Salvia coccinea

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Salvia coccinea
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JSTOR Plant Science: Salvia coccinea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Salvia coccinea
Plants of the World Online: Salvia coccinea
Tropicos: Salvia coccinea
Wikipedia: Salvia coccinea

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Salvia coccinea., retrieved 17 June 2024

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