Hummingbird Sage, Texas Sage, Scarlet Sage 'Snow Nymph'

Salvia coccinea

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: coccinea (kok-SIN-ee-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Snow Nymph
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 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:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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

Alberta, Alabama

Alameda, California

San Jose, California

Wilmington, Delaware

Brooksville, Florida

Deland, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Franklinton, Louisiana

Leesville, Louisiana

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Omaha, Nebraska

Greensboro, North Carolina

Mooresville, North Carolina

Nashville, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Houston, Texas

Lubbock, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 26, 2015, wingsoffreedom from San Jose, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

Was so happy to find this at one of my local nurseries - Snow Nymph has really long flower stalks with towers of pure white flowers very closely packed together. Seems to have more blooms than leaves, which are also a very pretty bright green. A favorite with Bees, hummers visit occassionally.


On Jul 31, 2009, Naturalwonders from Seattle, WA wrote:

I love this plant. I turned out to be quite the surprise. I live in Omaha and discovered this wonderful organization called the Benson Plant rescue. The get plants from various nurseries around the city that are on their last leg and they also rescue plants from other sources as well. The six pack annual and the like they give away. Larger annuals they sell.

Well, on my first trip, they had a whole bunch of this unidentified plant in the free section. The foliage looked remarkably like lantana, but from the buds that were present, I could tell that it wasn't. But no one knew what it was. So I started calling it "Plant Surprise!" It took, it seems for ever for the stalks to mature and finally bloom, but now I have an explosion of little white "airplanes" all over. I put them ... read more


On Apr 27, 2004, DanaFL78 from Leesville, LA (Zone 8a) wrote:

I like this plant because it makes a lovely border and hummingbirds love it! Deadhead to keep continuous blooms. Very tolerant of heat, drought, and varied soil types. Plant in ordinary, well-drained garden soil and enjoy! I mix these with the Salvia "Forest Fire" AKA Scarlet or Texas Sage.