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Mojave™ Red Salvia

Salvia splendens 'Mojave Red'

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Mojave Red Salvia (Salvia splendens 'Mojave Red') at Bloch's Farm

Mojave™ Red Salvia flowers

Mojave™ Red Salvia flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Mojave Red Salvia (Salvia splendens 'Mojave Red') at Bloch's Farm

Mojave™ Red Salvia in bloom

Mojave™ Red Salvia in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  12 inches

Spacing:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Sage, Tropical Sage

Group/Class:  Mojave™ Series

Brand:  Syngenta


A favorite choice for landscape performance, this variety features excellent heat tolerance, branching and repeat flowering; tall, densely packed flower spikes rise above dark green foliage; a great addition to patio containers, beds and borders

Ornamental Features

Mojave™ Red Salvia has masses of beautiful spikes of tomato-orange tubular flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its glossy heart-shaped leaves remain forest green in color throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Mojave™ Red Salvia is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Mojave™ Red Salvia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Mojave™ Red Salvia will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. This plant should not require much in the way of fertilizing once established, although it may appreciate a shot of general-purpose fertilizer from time to time early in the growing season. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Mojave™ Red Salvia is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features