About Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ (Hot Lips Sage)
This North American Native plant is called Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’. As a compact perennial, this plant is known to be low-maintenance and features a show of two-toned red and white flowers that sit atop delicate light green foliage throughout the Summer and Fall seasons. As a quick grower you can expect its average landscape size to reach 3′ by 3′. Commonly known as Hot Lips Sage, this herbaceous plant from the sage family also emits a light fragrance.
You will need to water this plant generously after planting to establish the root system. Unless in containers or in extreme heat, minimal watering is required to maintain this plant once established as it is known to be drought tolerant. Light pruning is required after its first blooming season to encourage growth the following year and to maintain a desired shape.
Where to Plant
Be sure to plant Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ in full sun and in average well-drained soil. As a fast grower consider using this variety for mass plantings or in street medians. It also looks nice as a border, in rock garden or cottage style landscapes.
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