Past Plants of the Day forum: Salvia of the Day: Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea)

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Apr 22, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Today's plant of the day for Salvias is Tropical Sage (Salvia coccinea).

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea) .

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Scarlet Sage (Salvia coccinea)
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 22, 2016 6:51 PM CST
Ours is a salmon color and this three years old has been blooming for over a month now. Its growing at the edge of an elevated plot where it gets winter rain and twice a week hand watering in summer. It's of a small stature as salvias go so its well behaved in in the border. I noticed today it's set some seed but I've yet to see any seedlings naturally occur. It has breezed through our drought with little help from me. Here are a couple of pics from 2014 of the same plant posted in the database in 2016 and you can see there has been no increase in the size of the plant just more blooms in a rainy year like this one. I'm always on the lookout for some of the Lavender flowered cultivars to try out.
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Name: Danita
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Danita
Apr 22, 2016 7:15 PM CST
Leslie, your gorgeous plant isn't Salvia coccinea but rather another Lamiaceae member called Stachys coccinea (Scarlet Betony.) They do look very similar but there are morphological differences, most noticeable in the flower shape. The easiest way to tell them apart quickly is that Salvia coccinea has two stamens while Stachys coccinea has four. Smiling

I do adore the color of Stachys coccinea! Lovey dubby
Texas Betony (Stachys coccinea)

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As for Salvia coccinea, it is a great plant! It is easy to grow, quick to bloom from seed, long-blooming, and attracts hummingbirds! Smiling
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 22, 2016 10:32 PM CST
Your so right. I just believed the label and never really paid attention as I looked at the darn thing. Sighing! I pointed this one out on a tour again today. Oops. No wonder its so well behaved. Not a Salvia at all. Thanks Danita. Good lesson. Now to fix this without to much more confusion.... I tip my hat to you.
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Name: Judy
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jg0613
Apr 25, 2016 10:35 PM CST
Leslie I was glad to see your pics of the Stachys Coccinea as I have one coming in my order from FBTS. S Coccinea is also wonderful.
Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Apr 25, 2016 10:52 PM CST
S. Coccinea are one of my favorite salvias to grow.
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Apr 26, 2016 5:49 PM CST
I'm going to buy one and plant it right next to the Stachys coccinea just for fun.
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