Hot Lips Sage

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

SKU
02265
A unique and striking North American native with unusual two-toned flowers backed by very fine green foliage. The blooms appear continuously through the hottest of summers until the first frost in fall. An ideal compact, colorful, and carefree choice for sunny, low-water gardens. Withstands mild drought once established. An herbaceous perennial.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

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Botanical PronunciationSAL-vee-uh my-kroh-FIL-uh
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer through Fall
Design IdeasIrresistible hummingbird nectar flower that belongs in wildlife gardens. Exceptional in xeriscapes with dryland species from around the world. Perfectly matched with southwestern native sages. Add to beds and borders. Lends a decidedly cottage garden look.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleCottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Compact Form
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.

Thrives in average to lean, fast-draining soils. Water deeply and regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates mild drought. Prune lightly after the first flush to promote continued bloom. Fertilize in early spring. Prune to shape in fall after flowering.

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This Plant's Growing Zones: 8 - 10

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