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Salvia coccinea 'Brenthurst'

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

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
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
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive straea On May 26, 2008, straea from Somerville, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I love this salvia. I haven't had much luck growing many of the modern salvia hybrids in my windy garden, as they tend to topple over. This is one of the few I've tried that has withstood the wind and the dryness. Last year it bloomed all summer and autumn till a hard frost killed it. This year it was already blooming on the day I planted it and has been blooming continuously since. If I got any hummingbirds here in the city I'm sure they would love it as much as I do!

Positive romandoguinn On Mar 15, 2007, romandoguinn from Albany, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love the colors of this salvia! The hummingbirds here like it also. So far, it has overwintered in my zone 10a, Berkeley area, California.

Positive lisamr On Sep 26, 2005, lisamr from Roseville, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Very pretty pink...reminds me of the crayon color 'carnation pink'. It's growing very nicely in part shade. I do see hummingbirds visiting this plant occassionally.

Positive TropicalPam On Jul 13, 2004, TropicalPam from Cooper City, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

This plant bloomes the most prettiest does require a bit more water in the Florida Key then it did in Bradenton, FL. It does very well in a pot also.


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

Albany, California
Elk Grove, California
Merced, California
Roseville, California
Wilmington, Delaware
Brooksville, Florida
Hollywood, Florida
Lansing, Kansas
Somerville, Massachusetts
North Augusta, South Carolina
Fort Worth, Texas
Weir, Texas
Salt Lake City, Utah
Kalama, Washington

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