June 22, 2017

A Sage ‘Nymph’

Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph'

Salvia coccinea 'Coral Nymph' - Photo courtesy of Forest's Edge Garden

If this were, indeed, a beautiful maiden in classical mythology, it would be well named a nymph. Salvia coccinea ‘Coral Nymph’ is an enchanting plant with its bicolored flowers of salmon and white rising on spikes above the greenery and usually reaching about 2 feet in height. Johnny’s Selected Seeds describes its flower cycle as having an early summer flush, then “moderate” production through summer until it puts on another show in the fall. The plant is hardy in the southern part of the United States, although according to Floridata.com, it will readily reseed itself in Zones 6-8. Salvia coccinea — also known as scarlet or Texas sage — is highly attractive to hummingbirds. Salvias themselves are the largest member of the mint family, and the name is derived from the Latin salvere, which means to feel well and healthy. Just looking at ‘Coral Nymph’ should be proof of that.

Today’s Daily Plant is a collaboration of Garden Maine and Forest’s Edge Garden in Hampden, which grows ‘Coral Nymph.’