SOLVED: Silvia: What kind is it?

Butternut, WI(Zone 4a)

Silvia plants

This Is a home I moved from over 10 years ago, got this shot just before a snow storm ended the season. I donít remember the name of these beautiful Silvia plants. I just ran across this picture and a bag of seeds I had stashed away.

I would collect the seeds and replant every year, on a quiet evening you could even hear the seed heads popping.

The plants shown are full grown and the leaf was a deep green almost looked like a bush the hummingbirds loved them.

Over the last three weeks I have tried several different methods to see if the seeds will germinate but no luck, Looks like I need to order some.

Thank you in advance

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Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

It looks to be Scarlet Sage Salvia coccinea

Raleigh, NC(Zone 7b)

It doesn't look like Salvia coccinea to me (too tall and flowers are too big). It's difficult to tell without a close-up pic, but I think it's a large cultivar of Salvia splendens. The common garden cultivars of S. splendens are usually in the 12" - 24" range, but there are some less common ones such as 'Yvonne's Giant' that can grow to 48" and higher.[common]=&searcher[family]=&searcher[genus]=Salvia&searcher[species]=splendens&searcher[cultivar]=&searcher[hybridizer]=&searcher[grex]=&search_prefs[blank_cultivar]=&search_prefs[sort_by]=rating&images_prefs=with&Search=Search

Prairieville, LA(Zone 9a)

Yeah, those do look like they are pushing four feet tall. My first thought was Salvia penstemonoides, which can reach 5 to 6 feet tall, but the flowers are more of a purple-red. I think you are correct, Tim.

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