Past Plants of the Day forum: Salvia of the Day: Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips')

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Name: Marilyn
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Marilyn
Jan 28, 2016 6:01 PM CST
Today's plant of the day for Salvias is Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips').

This plant can be found in the ATP Plant Database at:
Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips') .

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Blackcurrant Sage (Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips')
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Jan 28, 2016 7:01 PM CST

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I have a love/hate relationship with this plant. I love it for its pretty blooms and ease of care. It's evergreen in my garden and it grows easily in spots where other plants don't particularly want to grow. It's also drought resistant.

On the other hand, I've had to take two of these plants out of my flower beds because they overwhelm the other plants. I also don't like its strong scent. I'm always tempted to hold my nose when I walk past it. The worst thing about it, however, is its name. I always hope visitors to my garden won't ask me for the name of this plant. Hilarious!
Name: Debra
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lovemyhouse
Jan 28, 2016 7:05 PM CST
The one I bought seems to have been mismarked as it NEVER bloomed with the bicolor, only red. Shrug!
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Name: Duane
Gresham OR (Zone 8a)
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duane456
Jan 28, 2016 7:15 PM CST
I'm in zone 8 and do like this plant. It seems to be somewhat less overwhelming to other plants than zulu's maybe because I'm in zone 8. Of course , it depends on what kind of winter I have. It is pretty easy to start new plants from cuttings if you need to down size. I like the fact that it changes thru the summer in flower color. Mine usually starts out all red, turning to red and white, then all white, then back to red and white. It make s a big statement. I really don't mind the scent.
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Jan 28, 2016 7:49 PM CST
Hot Lips in my SoCal garden would easily grow to 5'x5'.

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and.....
"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Kabby
Lowndesboro, AL (Zone 8a)
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Kabby
Jan 28, 2016 9:21 PM CST
I am wanting to cut mine back but I don't know how far down to go. Also I'm afraid that if I do cut it back it will be like releasing the Kraken, rampant destruction and exuberance with new growth. It's now 3 ft high and 2 ft wide. Any thoughts?
Name: Sherry
Northern California
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wcgypsy
Jan 28, 2016 9:52 PM CST
I used to cut salvias back in the Spring, by 1/3 to 2/3, depending on variety and growth....
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"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Jan 29, 2016 1:38 AM CST
I cut the one in my DB photo as far down as I can every year and it grows back just as big. Keeps it from outgrowing it's space which is 5'x5'. It does delay the first flowers slightly. It is the longest flowering plant in Hamilton Square Gardens.


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Name: Kabby
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Kabby
Jan 29, 2016 8:26 AM CST
I took a section of 3 ft high fencing and sandwiched it in between the tropicals on one side and daylilies on the other. So I will be cutting back in the spring, this will help the other plants get some sun before it bushes out again. Thank You!
Name: Duane
Gresham OR (Zone 8a)
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duane456
Jan 29, 2016 8:32 AM CST
I agree with Leslieray. I've cut mine back almost to the ground and it was fine.
Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jan 30, 2016 1:20 AM CST
Thanks everyone for sharing your experiences with Hot Lips. I grew it for one year about a decade ago and it died the same year, since it isn't hardy for me. I had it growing in the ground at that time. I might get it again and am thinking of growing it in a container, as I usually do with non hardy plants and salvias.
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Name: Ronnie
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 30, 2016 8:10 AM CST
I grew it three years ago in a pot, it did well but didn't get very big. At the time I wasn't able to bring it in for the winter, wish I had.



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Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jan 30, 2016 6:21 PM CST
@luvsgrtdanes Ronnie

Beautiful pic!

Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

Hummingbirds are beautiful flying jewels in the garden!


Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 30, 2016 6:41 PM CST
Thank You!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Jan 30, 2016 7:24 PM CST
Here is what ours looks like pruned for the winter from the same perspective. Looks brutal but you can see it fill the space every year.
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Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento California.
Name: Sherry
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wcgypsy
Jan 31, 2016 7:52 AM CST
That pic really pleases me...two of my favorite things, obviously plants ......and I love old cemeteries.
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"maybe I should have kept my mouth shut....."
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 31, 2016 8:07 AM CST
I agree Sherry Thumbs up
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

Name: Marilyn
Northern KY (Zone 6a)
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Marilyn
Jan 31, 2016 5:05 PM CST
HamiltonSquare said:Here is what ours looks like pruned for the winter from the same perspective. Looks brutal but you can see it fill the space every year.
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Wow! Blinking It loves that spot and I'm sure the hummers love it too with all the flowers! Lovey dubby Thumbs up
Welcome to the Agastache and Salvias Forum!

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Name: Leslieray Hurlburt
Sacramento California (Zone 9b)
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HamiltonSquare
Jan 31, 2016 5:19 PM CST
Glad you like it. It's an interesting place to garden. The list of perennials has just topped 800 this week. Over 70 salvias now. Visitors are full of praise for what the volunteers have done over the past 25+ years to restore and beautify it. I find it worthwhile and I'm crazy for interesting new plants. Here is S. 'Hot Lips' in November with a longer view. HamiltonSqureGarden is about an acre within the 29 acres of the cemetery. I tip my hat to you.
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Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento California.
Name: Ronnie
Southeastern PA (Zone 6b)
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luvsgrtdanes
Jan 31, 2016 5:21 PM CST
I have major zone envy Sighing!
It happens in a flash, but the memory of it last forever. It can not be borrowed or stolen, and it is of no earthly good until it is given away. So if in your hurry you meet someone who is too weary to smile, leave him one of yours, for no one needs a smile quite as much as he who has none to give...

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