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Jul 12, 2014 8:31 PM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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Who grows this & is it perennial or annual for you? I ask b/c the db says perennial but I have it & last year it died making it an annual here for me.

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Jul 12, 2014 9:54 PM CST
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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'Bonfire' is a Salvia splendens variety and not Salvia coccinea. As such, it will only be hardy in zones 10-11. Technically, it is a perennial but in most areas it is "used as an annual." You can save seeds, though. If you have a greenhouse you could overwinter them but it's probably too much bother for something that's really common and easy to grow from seed. Salvias tend to be pest magnets when overwintering. Smiling
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Jul 13, 2014 5:14 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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*Blush* *Blush* *Blush* *Blush* I am sooooo embarrassed at my goof calling it a coccinea. Don't know where my head was.

Thanks Danita, I did wonder why it was listed as perennial. I did save seed last year & actually, it self seeded so that was cool.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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Jul 13, 2014 6:19 AM CST
Name: Danita
GA (Zone 7b)
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Personally, I wouldn't bother being embarrassed about using the wrong species name ... but then, I make so many bigger goofs to be embarrassed about. Hilarious!

Many plants we use as "annuals" in temperate zones are actually tropical perennials or perennials from other climates that don't freeze.

Self-seeding is a very nice surprise! Green Grin!
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Jul 13, 2014 9:47 AM CST
Name: Marilyn
Kentucky (Zone 6a)
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Danita said:Personally, I wouldn't bother being embarrassed about using the wrong species name ... but then, I make so many bigger goofs to be embarrassed about. Hilarious!

Many plants we use as "annuals" in temperate zones are actually tropical perennials or perennials from other climates that don't freeze.

Self-seeding is a very nice surprise! Green Grin!


tender perennial is another name known for those "annuals" also. Smiling
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Jul 13, 2014 11:22 AM CST
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Region: Ukraine Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
Garden Ideas: Master Level Butterflies Charter ATP Member Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Dog Lover
Yah, self seeding is always fun. Buy the seeds once & get free plants forevermore. Hilarious!
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others. ~~ Sharon Brown
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