Hot Lips Sage
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.
|Botanical Pronunciation||SAL-vee-uh my-kroh-FIL-uh|
|Average Size at Maturity||Quickly reaches 3 ft. tall and wide.|
|Bloom Time||Summer through Fall|
|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.|
|Flower Attribute||Flowers for Cutting, Repeat Flowering, Showy Flowers|
|Garden Style||Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Border, Container, Mass Planting, Rock Garden, Cutting Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||Tree & Shrub Food|
|Special Feature||Easy Care, North American Native Selection, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat or containers.|
|Key Feature||Bright Summer Flowers|
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