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Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph'

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:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
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)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Naturalwonders 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 in a huge container along with a rescued petuna, some lantana, microfiber grass, snap dragons and a few other plants. I just guest that it would take full sun.

Well, that stuff just grew and grew and grew! It's gorgeous. By coinsidence, everything in the post is white, with the exception of the snapdragons that provide just a little splash of color.

But as of yesterday, I still had no idea what this plant was and only learned its identity this morning after posting some pics on

I'm so in love with this plant, that I went looking for some more information on them and that's how I stumbled upon Dave's Garden. I also want to share my joy with you all too so I'll also upload some pics!

Positive DanaFL78 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.


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

Alberta, Alabama
Alameda, 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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