Friday, April 27, 2012

WHAT'S IN BLOOM - Hot Lips Salvia

Hot Lips has been blooming for weeks now in our Perennial Border.  We expect it to continue blooming all summer long.
This description from Plants Delight says it all:

Salvia microphyllaHot Lips Salvia
"Outrageously cool! This wild selection of the Mexican Salvia microphylla 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. The fast-growing, 30" tall x 6' wide clump is adorned with stunning bicolor flowers with red tips and white lips...attractive to hummingbirds. When the nights warm in summer, the new flowers are all red with an occasional solid white one. As fall approaches, the flowers again will be bicolored red and white. Even if your school colors aren't red and white, this   is truly a "must-have" salvia!"

But wait there is more to say!  Along with 2,000+ other plants, Hot Lips will be offered for sale at our annual plant sale.  It is sure to go fast, so become a Friend of the Arboretum so you can shop at the Preview Sale.