|S. fulgens syn. S. cardinalis produces in the summer, red flowers on terminal or axillary spikes or racemes to 1-1/4 inches long. this woody-based perennial or evergreen subshrub has notched leaves in an egg-shape that are 2-1/2 to 5 inches long in green on the top and white woolly underneath. Salvia can be planted in a sunny border, in a meadow or used for bedding and container planting. They grow best in light moderately fertile, humus moist but well-drained soil in full sun to light shade.