Calamintha coccinea

scarlet savory, scarlet calamint, red basil

Lamiaceae (Labiatae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant   wildlife plant

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Plant Specifics

Form: shrub
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: 3 to 4 ft    Width: 2 to 3 ft
Flower Color: flower color      red


Noted for: Showy flowers, aroma, fragrance


Recommended Uses:

Retain it in the landscape if is is occurring naturally.


Difficult to establish and requires highly specific site conditions.


Seed or cuttings. Little cultural information is available. Soil conditions must be appropriate -- try to grow it in yellow sand with excellent drainage.

Availability: Native nurseries
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand


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Attracts hummingbirds and other pollinators.

Native Habitats:

Scrub, in open areas. Sandhills, coastal hammocks. Mostly near the coast.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Short lived. Rarely grown as it is difficult to establish.