Scarlet Sage
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Scarlet Sage
ntroduced Photo: Thingnam Girija
Common name: Scarlet Sage, Red Salvia • Manipuri: মোৰোকলৈ Moroklei • Nepali: ठूलो ल्वाङ्ग फूल Thulo Lwang Phool
Botanical name: Salvia splendens    Family: Lamiaceae (Mint family)

Scarlet sage is one of the most commonly grown ornamental Salvia species. It is cultivated as a bedding plant in many countries. It is a woody herb, growin up to 90 cm tall. Leaf stalks are 3-4.5 cm long, hairless. Leaf blade is ovate to triangular-ovate, 2.5-7 cm long, 2-4.5 cm wide, smooth, margin toothed, with a tapering tip. Flowers are borne in 2-6-flowered racemes, up to 20 cm. Bracts are ovate, red, enveloping flowers in bud. In bud, the inflorescens looks like overlapping bracts. Flower stalks are 4-7 mm, red hairy. Sepal cup is red, bell-shaped, about 1.6 cm in flower, dilated to 2 cm after mturity. Flower tube is scarlet, 4-4.2 cm, velvety, slightly dilated at throat. Upper lip is straight, somewhat concave, oblong, 8-9 × ca. 4 mm; lower lip shorter than upper. Flowering: March-October.

Identification credit: Pankaj Kumar
Photographed in Delhi & Manipur.
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