Salvia – Coral Nymph

salmon & white bicolor flowers on bushy 2-3′ plants

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Product Description

Salvia coccinea

Salmon and white tubular, bicolor flowers on very sturdy 24-36″ tall plants.  I grew this for the first time in 2021, and it is now one of my favorites that I will always grow.  The bees love it, and the flowers are beautiful!  Here in hot, humid zone 8A, it performed beautifully and seemed pretty heat and drought tolerant.  It also self-sows, and in one of the product pictures, you can see that it doesn’t mind growing in poor soil conditions as it reseeded itself in the chert/clay soil on my lowest garden tier.  This is also known as Texas sage or Hummingbird sage and is said to be perennial in zones 9-10, and a tender perennial in zone 8 (not frost tolerant).  In zones 4-7, this salvia is treated as an annual.  Transplant into the garden about 12″ apart.


Start salvia seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before your last average frost.  Barely cover seeds as they need light for germination.  Kept at 70-80° F, germination is in 14-21 days.  Make sure to acclimate seedlings to outdoor temperatures before transplanting into the garden.  See product description for specific spacing for each variety.


To encourage a prolonged flowering season, deadhead spent flower spikes once they have completely bloomed.  While this salvia is fairly drought tolerant, it will not flower well if it is not watered at all.

Additional Information

Plant Type


Perennial Zones

9, 10


Summer, Fall

Bloom Color

Pink, White

Plant Height

Medium (12-36")

Sun Requirements

Full Sun

Special Characteristics

Tolerates Clay Soil, Attracts Pollinators, Attracts Hummingbirds, Grows Well in Containers, Poor Soil Tolerant, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Heat Tolerant


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