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Salvia coccinea 'Forest Fire'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Forest Fire

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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

6-9 in. (15-22 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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Dark Purple/Black

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive flagwavr On Nov 11, 2014, flagwavr from Spring Branch, TX wrote:

I planted Salvia coccinea "Forest Fire" around our pump house one year ago. With no additional water, Forest Fire reseeded itself nearby, in the dead of hot Central Texas summer. I now dig up smaller plants when they are about 4-5 inches tall and replant them where I want to start a new patch. Be sure to snip back about 1/2 inch and any flowers so the new transplant will use its energy to grow roots and not try to support flowers. Most die back in January/February, but come right back up from seed when the ground warms up in March. What a fantastic, beautiful, hummy/bee friendly plant for the Texas Hill Country!

Positive grik On Jul 28, 2014, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

This plant is the easiest plant in the world to grow. I love it. The hummingbirds love it. It reseeds. It even will flower indoors in the winter when it surprises me and germinates in pots I have brought inside. I never see this sold in the local nurseries, I suppose because once someone has it they have it for ever ... but in a good way. It is not invasive. This salvia is much superior to the Salvia splendens everone plants as a summer annual here - a plant that to my mind looks like blowsy tart compared to this graceful beauty.


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

Citrus Heights, California
Elk Grove, California
Sacramento, California
Oldsmar, Florida
Panama City Beach, Florida
Pensacola, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Greenville, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Hebron, Kentucky
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Leesville, Louisiana
New Orleans, Louisiana
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Madison, Mississippi
O Fallon, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
New Milford, New Jersey
Roswell, New Mexico
Elba, New York
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Leola, Pennsylvania
Pottstown, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Crawford, Texas
Flint, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Katy, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spicewood, Texas
Kalama, Washington

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