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Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

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Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Frost Hardy


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Salvia 'Hot Lips' Overview

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' is a perennial cultivar that produces 2-lipped, bright, red flowers in summer and bright red and white flowers in autumn. These give the appearance of red lips - hence the name. A bushy evergreen, it has short, dense and aromatic foliage that looks excellent in borders and containers. In fact, there are few garden styles where Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' won't be a welcome addition - including Mediterranean and gravel gardens. It has a long flowering season that continues until the first frost and it is drought tolerant. It likes moist but well-drained soil and a sheltered position. Preferring full sun, it will tolerate partial shade. Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' has earned a coveted 'RHS Award of Garden Merit' and is also on the RHS 'Plants for Pollinators' list highlighting plants that produce large amounts of nectar and/or pollen. A great choice for encouraging beneficial insect wildlife into your garden!

Common problems with Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Generally disease free but it can be attacked by slugs, snails, rosemary beetle & leaf hoppers.

How to propagate Salvia 'Hot Lips'


Take softwood cuttings in late summer, or semi-hardwood cuttings in late summer/autumn adding bottom heat.

Special features of Salvia 'Hot Lips'

Attractive flowers

Attracts bees

Attracts butterflies

Autumn colour

Drought resistant

Looking Good in August - Top 10 flowers

Traditionally flowering in August, these flowers will be at their best this month.

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