Virtues: We love Summer Jewel Red for its profuse brilliant-red blossoms that continuously bloom from spring through autumn. As the 2011 All America Selection Award Winner, the bright red flower spikes of Summer Jewel Red are covered with half inch blooms that act as magnets for hummingbirds. As an added bonus, Golden Finches are attracted to Summer Jewel Red's seeds.
Common name: Summer Jewel Red
Botanical name: Salvia cocciena
Flowers/Fruit: Fire engine-red blossoms
Foliage: Dark green leaves
Habit: Dwarf, 10-24" tall.
Season: Late spring through early fall.
Origin: Southeastern United States, Mexico and Central America
Cultivation: Grow in full sun and well-drained soil. Thrives in containers, annual beds, meadows or cottage gardens. Start the seeds indoors for best results, and don't transplant until the soil has thoroughly warmed. USDA Zones 3-9 .
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