S.coccinea 'Summer Jewel Red'

hybridsageJanuary 16, 2011

I would like to try this "new" Salvia coccinea but takii seed co.has not listed it yet in plugs or otherwise. It is the

"All-American Selections Award Winner" for this year.

Anyone have more info besides what AASAW has released?

The Trial gardens in Texas are located Houston,Dallas and Ft.Worth.

Thanks in advance


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Hi Art,

I did some googling and Swallowtail Garden Seeds has seed available for this variety. http://www.swallowtailgardenseeds.com/annuals/salvia.html

I looks lovely and I'm curious how it compares to 'Forest Fire' which is my current favorite red coccinea.


    Bookmark   January 16, 2011 at 7:01PM
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Thank you Danita!
It is the 2011 All-American Selections Award Winner at
20" it is going to be larger than forest fire. I want
to compare it to some other S. coccinea I have.
I will look it up

    Bookmark   January 18, 2011 at 9:24PM
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bbarnes001(zone 9a-b)

20"!! Thats it? The one i have is 5ft tall. I have a smaller cultivar too. I like the big ones out here. They are flowering 10months out of the year. Completely covered!! Mine set seed everywhere..... if it were up to these two, coccinea and canariensis, my whole yard would be them!!


p.s. Art, the plants are ready to come your way if you still want them. Thin but rooted well. The cold weather did them in a little. Hope you are feeling well!!

    Bookmark   January 19, 2011 at 12:35AM
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Thank-you for the link. Has anybody tried to grow this one from seeds? I was looking for a red salvia for the humming birds, and I got some seeds from Swallowtail Garden as part of an impatien order. 30 seeds were $2.49. I have not yet planted them, but I think that I want to start them indoors pretty soon. I am in western Washington. I had a red salvia 3 years ago, and the hummers loved it. Since then I have been unable to find any red ones in the local nurseries so I bought some seeds.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 8:10PM
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We are growing this one. Seedling vigor has been awesome! Can hardly wait for the first flowers in a month or so.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2012 at 8:49PM
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I too have obtained some seed of summer jewel from a friend and have under a shoplight now as I type but has not as yet sprouted. Im later than usual starting this batch as Ive been involved with other seedlings and cuttings which I have been nursing thru the winter. Each season I seem to find a new hot one to try. I to will be wondering if this is truly an
"award winner". But I wasnt aware that it is a coccinea.

    Bookmark   March 5, 2012 at 1:17AM
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You should also loom at the Summer Jewel PINK, which is a 2012 AAS winner. Perfectly matched to the Red, dwarf, well branched, heat and drought tolerant, blooms all season.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2012 at 12:53PM
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Everywhere I check everyone says this only gets 20" tops. So I wonder if your 5' plant is a hybrid with something else.

At any rate my thoughts are to make a border row of these guys since they are only 20" at best.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 12:21PM
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Another mode of thought considering their lack of height , I might consider putting them in containers to raise them a bit.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2012 at 3:41PM
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I was going to transplant into small and medium pots so I could elevate them. Maybe even in hanging baskets with my fuchsias. I only have 30 seeds. Does anybody know how long from germination to blooming? How do most people germinate the salvias indoors, and what are the key requirements? Could someone reccomend a taller salvia or similar plant that seeds are easy to get and yet are really loved by hummers?

    Bookmark   March 21, 2012 at 3:00AM
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roper2008 (7b)(7b)

Yes, salvia coccinea 'Lady in Red'. It is a tall one and easy to collect
seeds. Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph' is the tall pink version. I grow
them every year.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2012 at 10:39PM
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Since they are coccinea you can expect germination from the 4th day on if they are under good lighting such as fluorescent lighting.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2012 at 2:49PM
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Ralph Whisnant(z7b-8 NC)

Park Seed has both Summer Jewel red and Pink for $2.95 for 25 seeds. They also have S. argentea 'Artemis' which I have not found offered elsewhere.

    Bookmark   April 10, 2012 at 10:23PM
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I was super lucky in finding summer jewel at a local nursery in bloom. From these photos you can get a preview of their potential. Notice these dont have the center spike lady in red usually has.

    Bookmark   May 1, 2012 at 12:11PM
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