Salvia ‘Hot Lips’

Sage 'Hot Lips'

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is a stunning and popular flowering plant, prized for its captivating blooms and vibrant colours. This versatile and hardy perennial features striking red and white bi-colour flowers that resemble luscious lips, hence its endearing name. ‘Hot Lips’ is a native of Mexico and enjoys well-draining soil and full sun, making it a perfect choice for gardens and borders.

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Origin: Hybrid of horticultural origin
Genus: Salvia
Species / Cultivar: microphylla x jamensis 'Hot Lips'
Common Name: Sage 'Hot Lips'
Synonym: Salvia × jamensis 'Hot Lips', Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

Plant Biography

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is a captivating cultivar of the Salvia microphylla species. Its origins can be traced to the discovery of a chance seedling in the garden of Betsy Clebsch, a renowned American horticulturist. This delightful bi-colour variety showcases red and white flowers on the same plant, resembling “hot lips.” Betsy Clebsch introduced ‘Hot Lips’ to the horticultural world, and it quickly gained popularity for its striking appearance and easy-care nature.

With its ability to attract pollinators like bees and butterflies, ‘Hot Lips’ contributes to a thriving ecosystem. It requires minimal maintenance, making it an ideal low-effort addition to any garden landscape. Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ blooms continuously from spring to fall, providing a striking visual spectacle throughout the seasons. Its drought tolerance and resilience make it an excellent choice for various climates.

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Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Soil: Moist but Well Drained
Soil that allows water to drain at a moderate rate, without the water pooling.
Growth Rate: Medium
Expect to see moderate growth during growing season.
Water Requirement: Low
Will grow in a drier position and is unlikely to need regular watering once established.
Maintenance: Low
Minimal skill or input needed beyond the basics, a very independent plant.
Situation: Full Sun
Wants direct, unfiltered sunlight most of the day, such as a south facing position.
Eventual Height: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate height in typical growing conditions.
Eventual Spread: 0.5-1m
The plant's ultimate spread in typical growing conditions.
Hardiness: Hardy
Survives unprotected in an average winter. May need protection in extreme long frosts.
Lifecycle: Perennial
This plant is persistant and does not die off after flowering. It will return each season indefinitely, if provided with suitable growing conditions.
Care & Size Guidance

Care & Size Guidance

Cultivating Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ is a rewarding experience. This stunning perennial thrives in well-draining soil and requires full sun for optimal growth. When planting, ensure proper spacing to allow adequate airflow around the plants. ‘Hot Lips’ is moderately drought-tolerant, but regular watering during dry spells will promote healthy blooms. Deadheading spent flowers encourages continuous blooming and maintains the plant’s attractive appearance. Pruning in late winter or early spring helps rejuvenate the plant for the upcoming season. With minimal care and attention, Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ will grace your garden with its captivating red and white bi-colour flowers from spring to autumn.

Salvia ‘Hot Lips’ typically grows to a height of about 60 to 90 cm and spreads to a width of around 60 to 75 cm. However, the exact size can vary depending on the specific growing conditions and care it receives. In favourable conditions, it may reach the upper end of its height and width range. ‘Hot Lips’ is known for its compact and bushy growth habit, making it suitable for gardens, borders, and containers, where it adds a delightful splash of colour with its striking flowers.