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Salvia x coccinea 'Elk Vermilion' will be available to ship on Apr 13, 2020.  Just in time for your spring planting
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Salvia x coccinea 'Elk Vermilion'

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(Elk Vermilion Tropical Sage) Tall and full of large, orange flowers, Salvia coccinea 'Vermilion' is a clonal variety developed by FBTS.

Common name
This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
Elk Vermilion Tropical Sage
USDA Zones
The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
5 - 11
Size (h/w/fh)
The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
Full sun to partial shade
Soil type
This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
Water needs
Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
Container plant?
"Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
Mature height
The mature height of this plant in average conditions.
4 to 5 feet
Mature spread
The mature width of this plant in average conditions.
3 to 4 feet
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Degree of Difficulty
Degree of Difficulty
This plant is easy to grow in a variety of conditions.
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(Elk Vermilion Tropical Sage) Vermilion Tropical Sage, an exciting new color in this species, is grown as as an annual in most of the US, or a tender perennial in areas with warm winters. Grow this vigorous plant, and you will be repaid with bounteous, season-long flowering that attracts honeybees and hummingbirds, but not deer.

A location with rich soil and full sun to partial shade is ideal for this fragrant Tropical Sage, which is a water lover but also thrives with average supplemental watering. It's a great back-of-border choice rarely seen in the US and is new to our catalog as of spring 2017.