Leaf retention: Evergreen in frost-free regions.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 2-3' high and wide.
Flowers: Similar to Salvia greggii in shape, the flowers can be red, red and
white, or white, depending on temperature during flower bud formation. High
temperatures result in all white.
Bloom: Fall, heaviest in winter, sporadically throughout spring.
Fruit: Up to four tiny seeds at the base of each dried calyx (cup-like
structure that holds the flower petals and ovary).
Leaves: Green, small, almost triangular, toothed edges.
Stems: No thorns, herbaceous.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Cultivation and Uses
USDA hardiness zones:
8-10. This plant is killed to the ground by hard freezes
but will come back from its roots.
Yes, in part shade.
One-quarter to three-quarters shade. Avoid full sun and full shade.
Water once established:
Once or twice a month in part shade.
Weekly in nearly full sun. Over watering results in a leggy appearance.
Well drained, pH 6.1-7.8 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline).
Mid winter in frost-free zones, trim to shape. Do not remove more than
one-third of the growth.
Low except for winter cleanup.
Dividing the rootball, layering, seed. Seed will not grow true
to the parents.
Shaded ornamental. For culinary mint plants, see
Low Water Culinary Herbs
This plant is a member of the Mint family (Lamiaceae). In the past it has mistakenly been
identified as Salvia microphylla 'Hot lips' or Salvia greggii 'Hot lips'.
This plant may cross-pollinate with other salvias, including Salvia greggii, making
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