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Growing Salvia x jamensis: Salvia 'Hot Lips'

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Form: Herb.
Lifespan: Perennial.
Leaf retention: Evergreen in frost-free regions.
Growth rate: Moderate to rapid.
Mature Size: 2-3' high and wide.
Flowers: Red to pink to white depending on cultivar, similar to Salvia greggii in shape. The flowers of the cultivar 'Hot Lips' will be red, red and white, or white, depending on the 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 and ovary).
Leaves: Green, small, almost triangular, toothed edges, edible, aromatic.
Stems: No thorns, herbaceous.
Wildlife: Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.
Toxic / Danger: No.
Origin: Mexico.

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.
Heat tolerant: Somewhat.
Drought tolerant: Yes, in part shade.
Sun: 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.
Soil: Well drained, pH 6.1-7.8 (slightly acidic to slightly alkaline).
Prune: After the last frost, or early winter in frost-free zones, trim to shape. Do not remove more than one-third of the growth.
Litter: Low except for winter cleanup.
Propagation: Dividing the rootball, seed, layering.
Uses: 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 identification difficult.

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Latest update: September, 2021

Salvia x jamensis: Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Salvia x jamensis: Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'