Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips,’ commonly known as Littleleaf Sage or Hot Lips Sage, is a popular ornamental plant, particularly in gardens and landscapes. This perennial herbaceous plant is native to Mexico and is well-loved for its striking red and white bi-colored flowers.

One of the most distinctive features of this plant is its flowers. The blooms are tubular and have a striking red and white coloration, resembling hot lips, which gives the plant its name.

The leaves of this sage are small, hence the name “Littleleaf Sage.” They are typically dark green and aromatic when crushed, emitting a pleasant fragrance.

‘Hot Lips’ Sage is a compact, bushy shrub that reaches a height of about 2 to 3 feet (60 to 90 cm) and spreads to a similar width.

This plant is known for its long blooming season, from spring through summer and often into autumn, depending on the climate.

It thrives in full sun to partial shade and prefers well-drained soil. It’s relatively drought-tolerant once established.

‘Hot Lips’ Sage is known to attract pollinators such as bees and butterflies, making it a valuable addition to pollinator-friendly gardens.

To encourage continuous flowering and maintain a neat shape, you can prune this plant periodically.

This variety is often considered hardy to USDA Zone 7, although it may need protection in colder climates.

Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’ is a lovely addition to gardens, borders, and container gardens. Its vibrant and distinctive flowers make it a standout plant, and it’s relatively low-maintenance once established. Just be sure to provide the right growing conditions for it to thrive, and you can enjoy its beauty for an extended period during the growing season.

Text credit: Earth Unreal

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