Coccinea is a widely distributed salvia, perhaps because of its enthusiastic seeding. It is an evergreen about 1m high but could be short lived. Coccinea comes in 3 colours basically, (but there are some variations), a crisp white, bicolor – pink and white which is very popular, and red. The red is a scarlet red. A variety has been released called ‘Forest Fire’ which has dark calyces and red flowers. I often enjoy the colour of the red with the sun behind them.
Most of my plants in the garden are volunteers. I don’t generally sow them. They could be a bit weedy in tropical areas or where they are going to escape into the bush.
Coccinea can burn with frost colder than -2C.