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Salvia splendens 'Dancing Flames'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: splendens (SPLEN-denz) (Info)
Cultivar: Dancing Flames

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive echinaceamaniac On Mar 30, 2009, echinaceamaniac from (Clint) Medina, TN (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant is sure to be the focal point of your garden. I rooted cuttings and kept them indoors over the winter. It starts blooming in summer and keeps blooming until frost. Winter protection is required unless you want an annual. This plant makes pretty topiaries! Pinching encourages fullness as well as rebloom.

Positive kdaustin On Sep 25, 2008, kdaustin from Austin, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Mine died, and did not return, in winter 2007 in my zone 8b yard. Very pretty and blooming like crazy well into december, when we fineally got a freeze, than it was gone. I meant to lift it and overwinter in Greenhouse but kept putting it off. Oh well.
Mine grew to about 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide, foliage liberally splashed gold, held variegation well in heat, red flowers in profusion all summer. Not a big favorite with my hummingbirds, for some reason. Would grow again if I find.

Positive vossner On May 28, 2008, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

very showy. bright green/yellow leaves with bright red flowers. blooms spring to almost winter. mine did not die back winter 2007 (a very mild one)

Positive Snowrose On May 18, 2007, Snowrose from Frederick, MD (Zone 6b) wrote:

Blooms all summer till frost, grows up to 3 ft tall, full sun. Delightfully gaudy foliage accented with brilliant red flowers. Attractive to Hummingbirds. Good as a bedding plant, for walkway borders, and as a component of mixed containers. Easy to propagate from cuttings.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fairfield, California
Palm Harbor, Florida
Riverview, Florida
South Amana, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Florence, Mississippi
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Brownsville, Tennessee
Richmond, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas

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