Hot Lips Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’)

Hot Lips Salvia

  • Excellent Red and White Flowers All Growing Season Long
  • Blooms Keep Coming from Early Summer to Late Fall
  • Fragrant Flowers and Foliage
  • Grows Fast
  • Wonderful Nectar Resource for Butterflies and Hummingbirds
  • Great for Cut Flowers
  • Fine-Textured,Gray-Green Foliage
  • Durable Sun-Lover Thrives in Poor Soil
  • Rarely Damaged by Deer
  • Rabbit Resistant

Fun summer color keeps coming from early summer through the first frost with these outstanding herbaceous perennials. Hot Lips Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) features fragrant red and white blooms that are guaranteed to keep you smiling.

Jazz up your borders and planters with the special native Sage plants. Hot Lips Salvia is an improved cultivar that produces hundreds of showy, bicolor flowers for months!

Hot Lips flowers feature solid red lobes flaring out from underneath a tubular white throat. Each bloom is further accented right at the top with a red spot.

Don’t be surprised if you see a color change from bloom to bloom and branch to branch. Some may be all red,some may have more white. It all depends on heat and where the branch is at in its life cycle.

Can you say “hummingbird magnet”? Hummingbirds love everything about these special, bi-colored blooms that boast a unique paint job.

You’ll be thrilled with its performance, and so will your local beneficial pollinators and hummers. These gorgeous plants are a must-have for nature lovers.

These rugged plants can really take some tough conditions. They’ll grow into fine-textured, bushy mounds, even in thin, rocky soil.

Once they are established in your soil, they’ll tolerate mild droughts. From cottage gardens, to dry Mediterranean gardens to Alpine-style rockeries, Hot Lips should be top of your guest list.

Create a low-maintenance landscape with plenty of them in all your sunny spots. They’ll definitely help get your summer parties started.

Renting? Downsizing? Just getting settled in a new place? They’ll grow beautifully in containers on your deck, patio or porch. No problem at all.

Count on Hot Lips Salvia to add sizzling style, without any headaches. Northern gardeners will be tempted to add them as an annual to create memorable seasonal containers, too.

Hummingbirds, honey bees and butterflies can’t resist these valuable nectar-resources. Add many of these expertly grown plants for their long-lasting blooms and fun coloration.

You’ll love it all season, especially as fall starts coming on. There is simply no quit in the flower power of Hot Lips Salvia.

You’ll love the way Hot Lips Salvia just “can’t stop, won’t stop”.

How to Use Hot Lips Salvia in the Landscape

If you have a sunny perennial border, you’ll want to create a bountiful massed planting for showy style. Relax and watch the hummingbirds feast on their nectar.

Plant them two feet apart on center to quickly create a solid planting. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Add more rows to fill a wide, bare area with gorgeous color. Or partner with other natives like Blue Fortune Hyssop and Mountain Mint as a festive garden feature.

You’ll find many ways to enjoy the charm of these care-free cuties. How about setting them up in large outdoor containers as a single-species?

Flank either side of your front door with a pair of them. Add a sophisticated set of several to your pool deck or patio.

Take out the front lawn and go native. Hot Lips Salvia will become a standout for your design.

You can even encourage larger harvests from your Victory Garden with a low hedge around the Tomato plants or Apricot trees. Push the envelope on Edible Landscape style!

Tips for Care

Full sun is a requirement for these vibrant flowering perennials. Six hours of direct sunlight is a minimum.

In the very hottest areas, you could try them with a bit of afternoon shade. Otherwise, more sun means more color.

Fast-draining soil is another important requirement. Plant in containers or raised beds if you struggle with slow draining soil.

No need to amend the soil with compost, or apply fertilizer. We do recommend Nature Hills Root Booster during planting to create a life-long support system for your plants.

While moderately drought tolerant after the first season, we do recommend that you consider giving supplemental water in periods of extended drought. Container-grown plants also need a consistent watering schedule, please.

Mulch helps reduce surface evaporation. Apply a three-inch thick layer over the root system to support your plants.

We like to encourage our customers to leave the dried foliage on the plant for winter protection. In early spring, do a light cleanup and trim last year’s growth to a height of six inches.

Hot Lips Salvia (Salvia microphylla ‘Hot Lips’) Details

Common name Hot Lips Salvia
Botanical name Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
Plant type Perennial
Hardiness zone 8-10
Growth rate Fast
Height 3 ft.
Width 3 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color Red, White