Hot Lips Sage

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'

A sensational North American native shrub that grows as a compact mound of evergreen, vivid green, sweetly fragrant foliage. Cherry red and white, dual-toned flowers are held on tall, slender stalks from spring until the first frost, attracting a mass of pollinators, beneficial bugs, and other local wildlife. Well-suited for use in containers, or makes a perfect companion to almost any bed or border. Plant en masse to build a dramatic, high profile, flowering groundcover.


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Hot Lips Sage

Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
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Deciduous / Evergreen

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Common Nursery Plant Forms

We use plant forms to describe how a plant has been grown in our nursery. Here are some common nursery plant forms explained.

A bush or multi refers to a shrub or small tree grown with multiple stems.

A standard has been trained to have a single trunk.
Many bush/multi plants are also available in standard form, so be sure to check the form when you add plants to your cart.

A column refers to a tree or shrub grown into a tall, narrow shape.

An espalier is a plant trained to grow in a two-dimensional form against a trellis.

Staked plants will be tied to a wooden or plastic stake during the growing process. This technique is generally used on vines but is sometimes used for certain trees or shrubs.