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Hot Lips Sage

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
Flowers toned with white and red popping against the small, light-green leaves of this plant are what gives Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' its name. This long-blooming sage is eye catching for you and your neighbors, but also for your local fauna, attracting birds, bees, and hummingbirds to your garden.
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Quick Facts

  • North America native plant
  • Fast growing
  • Perfect for containers

Details

Flowers toned with white and red popping against the small, light-green leaves of this plant are what gives Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' its name. This long-blooming sage is eye catching for you and your neighbors, but also for your local fauna, attracting birds, bees, and hummingbirds to your garden.

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About This Plant

Type

Flowers

Leaf Color

Green

Flowering

Flowering

Mature Height

Up to 36 inches

Mature Width

Up to 36 inches

Features

Fast growing, vibrant flowers, attracts bees, butterflies and humming birds

Seasonality

Leaf Lifespan

Evergreen

Leaf Time of Year

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Life Cycle

Perennial

Bloom Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Bloom Color

Red

Plant Care Tips

Planting Instructions
If soil in container is dry, water plants prior to planting. Dig a hole at least twice the diameter of the root ball and 1.5 times deeper. Mix fertilizer or compost into the soil and return a few inches of soil mixture to the planting hole. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease out the roots on the surface of the root ball. Plant with the top of the root ball at ground level. Back-fill around the root ball with the rest of the soil mixture, gently firming it in as you go, and build a short berm of soil around the plant to create a watering basin. Water the plant thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots. Keep new plants well-watered the first summer, checking for water needs daily or every other day. Covering the root ball and area around the plant with 1-3 inches of mulch will help keep roots cool and conserve moisture. Keep mulch from touching tree trunks and plant stems.
General Care Description
Prune after first set of blooms to promote continuous growth of flowers. Prune after growing season to shape to liking.

Effort of Care

Moderate

Soil Type

Lean, average, fast draining

Growth Rate

Fast

Light Needs

This plant requires full sun for best flowering and overall plant health

Water Needs

Water regularly first season to establish. Established plants require occasional water. Moderately drought tolerant

Disease and Pests

nematodes, blight, discolored foliage, mold

USDA Hardiness Zone

8

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