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Rockin'® Fuchsia Salvia hybrid

Flower Season
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
Mature Size
3' 2'6"
Height: 2' - 3'
Spread: 2' - 2'6"
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    Fuchsia flowers each with a black calyx on tough plants.  This color is a true breakthrough for this type of Salvia. Hummingbirds, butterflies and bees all love it, which makes it great plant for pollinator gardens.

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    Continuous Bloom or Rebloomer
    Long Blooming
    Heat Tolerant
    Deadheading Not Necessary
    Drought Tolerant


    Plant Type: 
    Height Category: 
    Garden Height: 
    24 - 36 Inches
    18 - 24 Inches
    24 - 30 Inches
    Flower Colors: 
    Flower Shade: 
    Fuchsia and black
    Foliage Colors: 
    Foliage Shade: 
    Deep Green
    Container Role: 

    Plant Needs

    Light Requirement: 
    Part Sun to Sun

    The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).

    Maintenance Category: 
    Bloom Time: 
    Planting To Frost
    Hardiness Zones: 
    9a, 9b, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
    Water Category: 
    Border Plant
    Mass Planting
    Uses Notes: 

    Use in containers and landscapes.

    Maintenance Notes: 

    This is a wonderful annual Salvia (except in frost free zones, where it is perennial) compact and richly colored it is easy and trouble free. It is sterile so it will not set seed and that means it will just bloom, and bloom and bloom all season without stopping.

    You can easily trim to keep the shape or size where you want it, and it will branch out and become even thicker and more full of flowers.

    Regular watering and fertilizing will keep the plant at maximum color and growth but it is amazingly tough and once established in a pot of the garden will tolerate lower levels of food and water. However, severe drought will cause lower leaves to drop and if this happens give it a quick haircut removing the upper 1/3 of growth and once it back to normal watering it will fill back in.

    Rockin'® Fuchsia Salvia hybrid 'BBSAL00301' USPP 30,923, Can 6,296
  • 22 Reviews

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    • This plant is truly a rock star in the garden. Hit 105 here earlier this week and still looks amazing! In zone 9b is a perennial. So happy I added it to my garden. The pollinators LOVE it!

      , California
      , United States
      , 47 weeks ago
    • I purchased this plant two years ago and this is truly one great plant! I planted it in a south-facing mixed perennial bed near the woods that I often supplement with a few annuals for summer color. It bloomed all summer and continued to bloom until we had our first freeze in late October and died back shortly afterwards. I have had luck in the past with several hardier annuals making it through the winter. Northern Maryland is listed as Zone 6b for plant hardiness so I didn't have much hope. Typical Maryland winters can be a bit cold with nighttime temperatures dropping into the teens. Precipitation lately has been more rain than snow. The following spring the plant looked dead and I had just about given up all hope when I noticed some new growth sprouting from the base of the crown in late April. Growth was slow at first but really picked up as the temperatures warmed up. By early July the plant was blooming again. Last winter was even colder, with a number of nights dipping into the single digits. Daytime temperatures barely made it above freezing for weeks at a time. I thought for sure that this would be the end of this plant, but lo and behold, it sprouted again! It is nearing summer and the plant is over a foot tall and should be in bloom in a few weeks. I believe the reason for my success with this plant is the south-facing garden with good draining soil and a lot of patience. As for heat, this plant is situated in an area that cooks in the summer. I have not experienced the same issues other have had with heat and humidity, and Maryland summers are known for both. I was excited to find Rockin' Deep Purple in the local garden shop a couple of weeks ago. I'm eager to see if I have the same success with this plant.

      Dave Piasecki
      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 48 weeks ago
    • I can honestly say that this is one of my favorite plants. It flowered almost year round last year and hasn’t skipped a beat this year either. The hummingbirds can’t get enough of it- I had numerous other plants that are supposed to attract hummingbirds but this by far their preferred plant! I will say that it gets far larger than the size listed which doesn’t bother me, but if you have a strict space requirement, it might matter. The other thing is that I have 4 of them planted and I have several seedlings growing at the base of of each of them, so even though they are supposed to be sterile, mine are not 100% sterile. I’m not complaining though because I love getting a few unexpected extras of such an amazing plant!

      , Florida
      , United States
      , 50 weeks ago
    • This plant is a perennial for me and I’m on year 3 with it performing bigger and better than any other plants I own. It’s huge and bushy, towering over the 36” predicted height. The hummingbirds choose this over all else & it blooms non-stop from around mid-April through frost.

      Plant Today with Amy Rae
      , Texas
      , United States
      , 1 year ago
    • Undoubtably a very good plant plant. However growers are using chemicals to stunt the plant for sales purposes. You get one extremely large flowering head on a tiny plant in a small pot, that no matter how hard you try it simply will not take off and grow into the shrub it's meant to be. The side branches do not develop only producing tiny trusses of buds that barely open. Once the large truss has finished the whole plant goes into decline. I do feel cheated when growers use chemicals to alter plants, often this is not reversible and the plant will not thrive as a garden plant. I couldn't even save the plant by taking a cutting and it was extremely expensive. I bought three in three consecutive seasons until I gave up, taking the last one to our government run nurseries where they informed me this was because of a chemical or hormone that stops the plant elongating and growing after the single flower truss has fully developed. I would also like to add that the information here on this site is not correct, the calyxes are not black, more like brown, also the flowers fade to a very much lighter pink, only maintaining the colour saturation for a day or so. Extremely dissapointed and I feel something should be done about this. Regard Anton Lambert

      Anton Lambert
      , Toyama
      , Japan
      , 1 year ago
    • Lovely plant! Bloomed all summer and made it through the heat and drought of the summer. I moved it indoors and plan on wintering it over. Wish me luck. I’ll update you in the spring.

      , Saskatchewan
      , Canada
      , 1 year ago
    • I bought this plant for a $1 at Lowe’s over the summer it was pretty small planted in a corner and it has taken off I am in love with this plant it’s so beautiful it’s November 13th and it’s still blooming standing tall and just beautiful! I will buy fir next year and I want to try the blue one that looks like this. You will not regret if you get this beauty!

      , Maryland
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • This salvia has performed very well for me. It suffered some during our July and August heat and humidity here in North Alabama. In September we had some cooler Temps and it has flushed out beautifully. We are now at the first of November and it is full of blooms. We are supposed to have a freeze this weekend. I will miss seeing these lovely blooms in the flower bed outside my dining room window!

      Christina Sanders
      , Alabama
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • The photos above just do not do this plant justice! I saw these in our local garden center and they stopped me right where I was! Planted for about 2 weeks now and have grown already! Very beautiful! In a flower bed that is being created a few plants at a time. Currently paired with 2 Hybrid Tea Roses, a lemon princess spirea, Denim n Lace Russian Sage, Sweet Romance Lavender, and Limelight Hydrangea. We plan to add Pearl Glam Beautyberry, pink Quince, Artemisia, Annas magic ball evergreen, and a few other annual and perennials. CAN'T WAIT to see this bed filled out in all its beauty! As this is an annual fo rme in zone 7b, i plan to replant it year after year! Such amazing color you simply must see in person.

      Heather Cole
      , North Carolina
      , United States
      , 2 years ago
    • Love salvia, hummingbirds and bees love it too!

      Micheline Lambert
      , New Hampshire
      , United States
      , 3 years ago
  • 22 Awards

    Award Year Award Plant Trial
    2020 Top Performer University of Georgia
    2020 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Poplarville
    2020 Top Performer University of Florida - Fort Lauderdale
    2018 Perfect Score All Season Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens
    2018 Top Performer Mississippi State University - Crystal Springs
    2018 Top Performer Michigan State University
    2018 Leader of the Pack - Early Season North Carolina State, JC Raulston Arboretum
    2018 Top Performer University of Minnesota - Morris
    2018 Top Performer Oregon State University
    2018 Top Performer University of Georgia
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