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SALVIA coccinea 'Snow Nymph'

Image of Salvia coccinea 'Snow Nymph' (NYMPH SERIES)

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

SALVIA coccinea 'Snow Nymph'( NYMPH SERIES)

Plant Common Name

Snow Nymph Sage, Texas Sage

General Description

Loads of snowy white flowers cover this lovely Texas sage all season long. Members of the Nymph series are compact, heavy flowering, well-branched and vigorous. All are like manna to hummingbirds and self-sow nicely, so once you have them you need never replant again.

Texas sage is a long-blooming bedding annual that thrives in hot summer conditions. A seed-grown strain of a species native the American Southwest, Mexico and Central America, members of the Nymph Series form compact, bushy mounds of rich green pointed leaves. Whorls of glowing tubular, two- lipped flowers emerge on spikes all summer and into fall. The flowers are absolutely irresistible to hummingbirds who rely on them as a late-season nectar source.

Grow this colorful salvia in full sun and reasonably fertile, well-drained soil with average moisture. Faded flower stems should be pinched off to maximize continued blooming and to prevent self-sowing. Protect from high winds, as its stems are brittle and may break easily. Perennial only in tropical areas, this plant is treated as an annual in temperate zones, where it blooms generously throughout the hot summer months. It is an ideal choice for containers, tropical plantings and mixed beds and borders.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 1

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Tender Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18"-24" / 45.7cm - 61.0cm

  • Width

    12"-18" / 30.5cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Southeastern United States, South-Central United States, Texas, Mexico, South America

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Very Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Yellow

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border, Tropical

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes