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Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Coral Nymph
Additional cultivar information: (Nymph Series; aka Cherry Blossom)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms repeatedly


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

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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17 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral DavidLMo On Nov 19, 2014, DavidLMo from St Joseph, MO wrote:

Wondering why there are two separate entries for this plant with somewhat differing data - e.g. hardiness zones.


Positive TexasDollie On May 10, 2013, TexasDollie from Windcrest, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This little jewel was a Mother Nature surprise, blooming out from under the deck stairs of our old house. So it will (down here in the San Antonio heat) thrive in part shade and decent water. I dug up the one that volunteered there and brought it with me to the new place, where it will join its red cousin under the Arizona Ash out back. Once it has seeded, I'll have some for trade and for spreading the hummingbird love!

Positive Fires_in_motion On Apr 19, 2013, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

I love salvias so I'll buy almost any species / variety I come across. The peach flower color is beautiful and quite unusual for a salvia. Mine is growing very vigorously in a tiny pot, so I'm a bit worried about its potential for self-seeding and becoming somewhat invasive in my yard, though apparently this variety is less invasive / cold-hardy than the species.

Positive irishmist On Jun 14, 2011, irishmist from Rochester, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I planted the hybrid variety 'Lady in Red' several years ago and it has reseeded readily and grown unprotected in the pots on my deck ever since. In subsequent years the plants are taller and sturdier than the original more compact plants. The hummingbirds do love it and actually find the taller blooms easier to reach.

Positive sunkissed On May 21, 2011, sunkissed from Winter Springs, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have three Salvia coccinea varieties in my garden and all self sow every year. I have scarlet red, white and Coral Nymph. The red will pop up everywhere, the white and Coral don't seem to self sow as freely as the scarlet does, but I do have new plants each year in new places that came from seed. The mother plants come back in the same spots each spring also. The seedlings are very easy to spot and can easily be moved to a new place if you find them in an unwanted area. They do well in full sun or shade.

Positive Robynznest On Jan 14, 2011, Robynznest from Pittsburg, MO (Zone 6b) wrote:

This beautiful plants self sows itself every year and looks exactly like the original plant. I haven't had to plant any new coral nymphs for 3 years now. So I think in this area the plant files are wrong about the seed.

Positive Tammylp On Nov 11, 2009, Tammylp from Lima, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

Love this salvia, but it seems to have more blooms in the morning, possibly before the overhead sun is upon it. By mid afternoon, its blooms are either closed or dropped.

Positive craftyorchid On Apr 16, 2009, craftyorchid from Oklahoma City, OK wrote:

I received this as a 'mystery plant' from my Mom year before last and am so glad to have finally found what it was! I planted this in partial shade in a garden in my front yard in late June, and was disappointed when it wilted back and stopped flowering. I didn't realize that the blooms had just spent and it self-sowed in at least 7-8 different places in my garden! I even found it popping out of a tiny little crack between my sidewalk and my house! I tilled up my garden to plant a bulb garden that year, but I'm sure if I'd let it be I'd have seen it again the following spring.

I'm definitely going to buy some seeds of this so I can enjoy it again!

Positive Florida9 On Dec 3, 2008, Florida9 from Palm Harbor, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I started 6 plants from seed 3 years ago, and now have dozens. It reseeds readily in my unmulched beds of sandy soil, but is not invasive since little plants are easily pulled. Mine stay 18" - 24", flower year 'round and are loved by the bees. They grow equally in full sun or partial shade. A beautiful wisp of pink and white that compliments many others, including black and blue salvia.

Positive abitabar On Aug 12, 2008, abitabar from Abita Springs, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Love this plant so much. It is part of a pink garden that I created this year to go around a new pink crape myrtle. It is one of about 10 different pink bloomers and caladiums that I planted along the walkway from the carport to the back door -very nice to come home to. The hummers love this salvia the best and it has started to self sow. Can't wait to transplant the seedlings.

Positive robcorreia On Jul 22, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Butterflies, hummers and birds absolutely LOVE this plant!

Positive Shirley1md On Nov 17, 2006, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

A wonderful colorful & compact Salvia loved by bees & birds. I wintersowed the seed and it bloomed the same year! So easy to do!!

Positive sallyg On May 18, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

It self sows for me dependably and thrives through Maryland heat and humidity. Emerges kind of late in spring but grows and blooms till frost.

Positive Kelly333 On May 27, 2005, Kelly333 from Longview, TX wrote:

I love this beautiful salvia. I planted one last year, and it self sowed into 6 plants this spring. I am thrilled. Heavy bloomer at my place. However, this plant did not survive the winter. Treat as an annual only.

Positive barbur On Apr 19, 2005, barbur from Port Lavaca, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant has been a jewel in my garden. It has bunches of delicate looking pink and white blooms. It seems ironic to me that those blooms are on such sturdy plant. It has thrived in my south Texas sun and heat. I dead head it and it rewards me by blooming constantly. I threw the spent blooms back into the garden not realizing how it reseeds. Plants came up in the fall that I shared with all my neighbors. The parent plant and the seedlings even bloomed through the winter and our 10 inches of snow!

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 16, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This pretty salvia is great for attracting hummingbirds. It's easy to grow from seed, and it repeat blooms throughout the summer.

Positive htop On Jun 17, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Although this plant usually is grown in full sun, it can be grown in partial shade in South Central Texas. It looks best planted in front of darker leafed plants so that the beautifully colored flowers standout. It is a prolific self-seeder. Unwanted plants can be easily pulled and discarded, planted elsewhere or potted and shared with friends and/or neighbors. When replanting or potting, the plant will wilt. Just keep watering it every day until it is established. Once established, do not over water. Although not necessary, dead head the blooms for faster reblooming. If the plant looks scraggly in midsummer, prune it back to about half its size (or clip off less if you do not want to shear it this extremely). It will quickly recover. This salvia keeps blooming until the first frost, dies back and reappears the next spring.

Positive hummer_nut On Sep 23, 2002, hummer_nut from Montgomery, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

A very pretty salvia. In zone 8, it acts like a perennial during mild winters, but it self sows if seed is not collected. It would make a nice container plant.


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

Auburn, Alabama
Chandler, Arizona
Alameda, California
Auburn, California
Chico, California
Chula Vista, California
Encinitas, California
Fairfield, California
Jacumba, California
Long Beach, California
Menifee, California
Palm Springs, California
Redlands, California
Ridgecrest, California
Sacramento, California
San Diego, California
Santa Ana, California
Sonoma, California
Bartow, Florida
Debary, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Green Cove Springs, Florida
Miami, Florida
Niceville, Florida
Palm Harbor, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Riverview, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Tampa, Florida (2 reports)
Winter Springs, Florida
Dallas, Georgia
Jonesboro, Georgia
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Abita Springs, Louisiana
La Place, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Ellicott City, Maryland
Millersville, Maryland
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Belton, Missouri
Stoutland, Missouri
Mount Laurel, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Rochester, New York
Wallkill, New York
Cincinnati, Ohio
Lima, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Lansdowne, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Conway, South Carolina
Johns Island, South Carolina
North Augusta, South Carolina
Simpsonville, South Carolina
Sumter, South Carolina
Abilene, Texas
Alice, Texas
Alvin, Texas
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Beaumont, Texas
Broaddus, Texas
College Station, Texas
Conroe, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Grand Prairie, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Lampasas, Texas
Leander, Texas
Longview, Texas
Port Lavaca, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (2 reports)
Spicewood, Texas
Spring, Texas
Stratford, Texas
Tomball, Texas (2 reports)
Weatherford, Texas
Manassas, Virginia
Bremerton, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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