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Hot Lips Salvia 
Salvia x jamensis 'Hot Lips' 

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone

Note:  For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Plant Hardiness Zone 6, where this Salvia variety is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and placed back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

If you are looking for a flowering plant that is sure to draw hummingbirds look no further - Hot Lips Salvia should be at or near the very top of your list!

'Hot Lips' is fast-growing perennial Salvia is loaded with some of the most uniquely colored flowers of any plant, which were perfectly designed for hummingbirds. In hot weather Hot Lips produces produces loads of flowers that live up to her name: stunning white flowers with red lips! In our gardens here in USDA Zone 8 of mid-Georgia, flowers begin to appear in mid-spring and continue in abundance to the first hard frost in winter.

This selection of the Mexican Salvia was introduced by Richard Turner of California after the plant was shared with him by his maid, who brought it from her home in Mexico.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing about 3 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet tall wide, Hot Lips Salvia is ideal for growing in garden beds or large pots, planters and other containers of 18 inches or more in diameter. Plant near patios, decks, porches and other outdoor living spaces where the unusual flowers can be enjoyed from close up, and the hummingbirds feeding too! A fine addition to hummingbird gardens, perennial gardens, wildflower gardens and cottage gardens.




Cultural Preferences

A hardy perennial in USDA Zones 6-11, Hot Lips Salvia can be grown in garden beds or containers. Above Zone 6 it will be an annual or you can grow it in containers that can be overwintered indoors. Whether growing in the ground or containers, it prefers a moist but well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Flowering will be heavier with more sun. When established, it is qquire drought tolerant when growing in the ground. Keep an eye on plants growing in containers and provide water if you see the foliage starting to wilt. 




Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts for how to plant and care for Salvia plants.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6a-11  Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Perennial 
Height at Maturity: 24-36" in ground, 18-24" in containers
Width at Maturity: 36-48"
Spacing:  30" for solid hedges or mass plantings
Growth Habit / Form:  Mounding. Upright
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  White with Red lips!
Flower Size: .5"
Flowering Period:  May to Frost!
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  No
Foliage Color:  Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  No
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Part Shade
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well-drained moist to dry
Soil pH:  6.0 - 8.0 (Moderately Acid to Moderately Alkaline)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Butterflies, Hummingbirds, Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Dry Soil, Heat, Humidity, Insect, Rabbit



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