A few years ago, I decided I wanted to make very red cross between S. flava and S. purpurea. It just so happened I had the two red clones to do it with. The one parent was the red flava that hales from Blackwater in Florida. The other was a pure red purpurea venosa from Brunswick Co. NC. The result is the plant pictured here, which was the particular clone that I decided to keep.
As you can see by the photo, the new season’s growth turns very red, and as the season progresses the red color darkens. The nicest aspect of this plant is the flower… sadly I forgot to take a photo of it this spring. The flower is same color red as the leaves and the size of S. flava’s flower. Absolutely amazing! Hopefully in a couple of years this plant will form a large impressive clump.