Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' was found in the container garden of a housekeeper named Alta Gracia in Mexico by garden designer and writer Richard Turner. He brought it to San Francisco Botanical Gardens which introduced it to horticulture in 2002 and it quickly gained immense popularity throughout the West Coast and for good reason.

This drought tolerant perennial sub-shrub is a garden powerhouse. Masses of bi-colored red/white blooms cover this plant from May until Frost (we've had it blooming in December during a mild year). Hummingbirds will flock to this plant more than anything else in our garden. It also attracts bumblebees and other pollinators. Generally pest free, this plant will perform fantastically with very little care. In early spring when new leaves just begin to emerge we will cut it way back to about 18" from the ground to maintain size.

Size:   2'-3' tall x 4'-6' wide
Light: Sun
USDA Zone: 8b-10b