Each plant has multiple branches and every spike has dozens of buds and blooms. So that easily adds up.
What’s more, Salvia Coccinea self-seeds easily. Left unchecked, it could easily cover an entire flower bed.
Given the Salvia Coccinea’s prolific nature, it’s a mystery how it could have disappeared from the garden altogether when I planted it years ago. Could someone have mistaken the seedlings for weeds?
Anyway, I was thrilled to find it again at the garden centre a few months ago. So the same fire-engine red Salvia is back in the garden again.
With it, I found another Salvia Coccinea I’d never seen before; the coral nymph. This is as lovely as its name suggests. This soft pastel coral coloured salvia looks almost coy when juxtaposed with the more flamboyant red.
The Salvia Coccinea loves basking in the sun, and has been doing so until very recently. It is now struggling with the storms that have been battering the region almost every day.
The damp makes the salvia a fungal magnet and it’s a challenge keeping the fungus in check.
I wish the rain would let up. In fact, any more of it and I may need to do the rain dance in reverse.
Care and propagation: Full sun; well drained soil, water moderately. Propagate using seeds or cuttings