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“Coral Nymph” Pink Sage

Salvia coccinea

This beautiful flower was one of the first things I ever planted in my garden and I couldn’t remember its name.

At first I thought it was some kind of skullcap because I didn’t know anything about plants when I bought it. It kept popping up occasionally in early summer, in the same places where I’d sown Texas Red Sage (Salvia coccinea) seeds. Is this color a naturally-occurring variety of red sage? I don’t know, but it continues to reseed and looks beautiful mingled with its red sisters.

Both can get quite rangy by the end of the summer, are the same height (1 1/2 to 2 feet) and have similar leaves and both like growing in the same dappled shade conditions. Salvia coccinea is something of a tender perennial; in our milder winters it will survive with some water and perhaps die back a bit. My original pink sage plants (picture above) were almost four years old and remained green in winter before a frost in 2010 really bit them.

At the end of our horrible summer of 2009, I thought the pink salvia was a goner to the heat and drought. My two plants were also planted too far into the bed so got overwhelmed by taller plants. So I replanted them and cut them back severely in the fall. They seemed to like the move as well as the additional water they got from the drip system and this year they bloomed their hearts out all summer long, one of the few flowers to do so.

{Texas red sage grew from seed all over my backyard. It likes dappled shade under trees.}
  1. Katak #

    Can red sage bring white flower from seeds or red sage just give red flower?

    August 7, 2011
    • Amy #

      Hi, I think red Salvia coccinea can produce seeds for white flowers, although I have never had them in my garden. From what I’ve read, it produces red, pink and white flowers with red being of course the dominant color. If you’re looking for white seeds in particular, might want to look up “Snow Nymph”, “White Nymph” or “Hummingbird White”–these are names of white cultivars.

      August 10, 2011

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