Reddish orange wildflowers (Tropical sage) in a burst of light from the sun lowering in the sky for the night. Captured in a park in Largo, Florida, USA.
Tropical Sage – Salvia coccinea
Family – Lamiaceae ( Mint Family )
Habitat – Hammocks on calcareous soils, Shell mounds
Description -Native annual or perennial herb to 3 feet. Leaves ovate to cordate, margin crenate. Stems square, hairy. can be grown from seed & will re-seed itself from year to year.
Flowers are bright red, tubular, 1 1/4 inches, 2 lipped; upper lip 2 lobed, lower lip 3 lobed with protruding stamens and style, whorled in long clusters. Attracts Butterflies & Humming birds, drought tolerant when established but should be watered during extended dry spells to enhance flowering. Full sun to light, intermittent shade.