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As a comment about Salvia Rockin'® Fuchsia, critterologist wrote:

Proven Winners is putting this knockout on garden center shelves this spring (2019). This bright magenta is a "breakthrough" color, according to the PW website. I'm not sure if it's a new cross between S. longispicata and S. farinacea or another induced sport from the 'Indigo Spires' line. According to the info on this database, there was an initial cross that gave us Salvia hyb. 'Indigo Spires', then a irradiation induced sport, 'Mystic Spires', and a colchine induced sport, 'Rockin the Blues'. For sure, it's nothing like the pale pink or lavender pink colors sometimes found in S. farinacea, and there's nothing remotely pink in S. longispicata varieties.
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Mar 13, 2019 1:44 PM CST
The "Rockin'®" designation is just a marketing trademark applied to various Salvia species and hybrids in the Proven Winners line. The trademark does not imply any sort of relationship between the plants beyond them being members of the Salvia genus. As you've observed, Rockin'® Fuchsia is not part of the Rockin'® 'Playin' the Blues' breeding line. I haven't found a published patent with definitive information yet, but marketing blurbs are promoting it as an interspecific Salvia guaranitica hybrid (a.k.a. S. coerulea hybrid).
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Mar 13, 2019 7:26 PM CST
Huh. I could swear I saw somewhere that Rockin Fuchsia is an S. longispicata and S. farinacea cross, but I went looking for the photo of the tag and couldn't find it -- might have mistakenly deleted it while editing photos. Rockin Golden Delicious is another case in point, though -- it's definitely labeled and described as an S. elegans selection (pineapple sage).

The flower form does remind me of S. guarantica 'Black & Blue', for whatever that's worth. PW says 'Rockin Fuchsia' is hardy to zone 7, but I bet that's only in a sheltered spot with a good mulch cover.
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