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botanical name:
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips'
Salvia microphylla 'Hot Lips' © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Littleleaf Sage
family:  Lamiaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen
height: 0.75m
width: 0.50m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: red & white
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -6°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
description:
Striking bicolour flowers of vivid red and white, produced over a long period from summer into autumn. In hot conditions the flowers are sometimes all red or all white. Small bushy shrub with smallish, opposite, oval to elliptic, pale to mid-green leaves.

cultivation:
Warm, dryish position with well drained soil and full sun.

other notes:
Found near the Chiapas area of Mexico, introduced by Richard Turner of the Strybing Arboretum, San Francisco.

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