Golden Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’

30 Jul

So this spring, I found a funny looking little seedling in with the more normal looking Salvia coccinea ‘Forest Fire’ starts-

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I wasn’t absolutely positive, but the little seedling appeared to have gold leaves, so I carefully set it aside for my own use, to pot up and see how it goes.

And low and behold, though it took longer to develop, it does indeed appear to be a gold leaf sport of the more familiar cultivar. Here is what it looks like as it developed-

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Those were from a few weeks ago. It did take longer to fill out and flower, even giving it more sun, and it got chewed on, which most of these have never had a problem with… But even so, it is developing into a beautiful plant!

Today-

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Planted in with it are Lobelia erinus ‘Crystal Palace’, Viola cornuta, a tricolor Pelargonium hybrid I’ve lost the name of, and Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’. In the pot behind it, the Oxalis deppei ‘Iron Cross’ is nice with it too, though the pink flowers clash a bit with the bright red. Another plant in the other pot behind it is the gold leafed Agastache foeniculum ‘Golden Jubilee’, that has similarly colored leaves. Makes for a nice grouping.

This is one form of Salvia coccinea I will try and save. It’s growing nicely compact, the leaves are really pretty, and the flowers just as nice as the regular ones.

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