Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
Also known as
Sage 'Hot Lips'
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This plant has a mild fragrance
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Salvia 'Hot Lips' Overview
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' is a perennial cultivar that produces 2-lipped, bright, red flowers in summer and bright red and white flowers in autumn. These give the appearance of red lips - hence the name. A bushy evergreen, it has short, dense and aromatic foliage that looks excellent in borders and containers. In fact, there are few garden styles where Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' won't be a welcome addition - including Mediterranean and gravel gardens. It has a long flowering season that continues until the first frost and it is drought tolerant. It likes moist but well-drained soil and a sheltered position. Preferring full sun, it will tolerate partial shade. Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit' and is also on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!
Common problems with Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Generally disease free but it can be attacked by slugs, snails, rosemary beetle & leaf hoppers.
How to propagate Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Take softwood cuttings in late summer, or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer/autumn adding bottom heat.
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