Growing Herbs in Texas: Growing Salvia Coccinea

| 10/6/2010 3:57:30 PM

c.meredith2Cynthia Meredith has been gardening with herbs, reading about herbs, and discussing herb gardening in Texas for more than 20 years. She has owned The Herb Cottage ( ) for over 10 years, selling herb plants to people all over our state. 

Fall has definitely come to south central Texas. The nights are dipping into the 50s while the days are up in the 80s. It's nice and sunny with very low humidity. Quite a change from the last several months of hot, humid and wet weather. The consequence of the new season is that herbs are coming out of summer dormancy, fall flowering herbs are blooming and the salvia that has seeded itself around the yard area is blooming like crazy!


Photos by Cynthia Meredith

I'm talking about Salvia coccinea, also known as hummingbird sage or autumn sage, due to its great show of fall flowers. S. coccinea comes in more than just the original red. Coral and white flowers also abound in the mix.

Photo by Cynthia Meredith