Hot Lips Sage
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
|Description||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.|
|Watering||Allow soil to dry between waterings.|
|Blooms||Summer through Fall|
|Mature Size||Quickly reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container|
|Design Ideas||Irresistible 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.|
|Companion Plants||Switch Grass (Panicum); Coneflower (Echinacea); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Gayfeather (Liatris); Sedum (Sedum)|
|Care||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.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 8-10
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