Salvia gesneriifolia - Tequila Sage
Tequila Sage is as red as a fire truck. Tall wands of 2" scarlet blossoms arch over your head. There is nothing timid about this plant. It can grow 10' tall if you let it, or can be pinched back to suit your space. The heart-shaped leaves are evergreen and the long wands of red blooms are hummingbird heaven.
Native to the mountains of Mexico, Tequila Sage blooms best in full sun, but is undemanding otherwise. The foot-long flower spikes appear in late summer and continue through winter when every garden needs a bright spot.
This beauty is an absolute knockout, easy to grow in zones 9-10, but rarely found in nurseries. Happily, you can grow it easily from seed. The hummingbirds will thank you.
10 rare seeds