Hot Lips Sage
Hot Lips Sage
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'Item #2265 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 10
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.
- OverviewLight Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.Average Landscape Size:Quickly reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:SAL-vee-uh my-kro-FIL-uhPlant type:PerennialDeciduous/evergreen:HerbaceousGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Quickly reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:Gray-greenBlooms:Summer through FallFlower color:RedDesign 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.Companion PlantsSwitch Grass (Panicum); Coneflower (Echinacea); Russian Sage (Perovskia); Gayfeather (Liatris); Sedum (Sedum)
- CareCare InformationThrives 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.Pruning time: late winter to early spring.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.