Salvia coccinea

Salvia coccinea

This is called an annual salvia, but it will also often survive through winter. In any case, it also self-seeds so you will never be without it! It has dainty flowers of red, pink or white and forms a pretty, hazy effect, from late spring to winter. It is a good filler plant and will grow in sun or part shade.

Tall white form of Salvia coccinea in the garden of Sandra Wilson in Sydney

It is a rather brittle plant which grows to about 50 to 80cm tall , but I have seen taller variants that grow up to 1.5 m in height and have quite a presence, mingling effectively with Dahlia, Pentas and other long-flowering plants.Regular deadheading will prolong the floral display. If it survives winter, prune it hard at the end of that season and, hopefully, it will regrow.

Flowers in January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, November, December.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.

 

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