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Salvia microphylla Hot Lips


Unique red and white flowers

A bushy ornamental Sage that really lives up to its name. The red and white bicolored flowers look like they are wearing lipstick. The attractive, blackcurrant-scented leaves develop burgundy tints during autumn.


Best in a sunny position. Use anywhere a splash of colour is needed in a bed, border, gravel garden or raised bed. Happy in a container too.


Loves a well-drained soil. To extend the flowering season remove the old flower spikes as they fade. Cut down in autumn once flowering is over, and mulch with well-rotted compost.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - November
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 85 cm - 100 cm
Plant width 80 cm - 100 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 60 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Mediterranean garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September