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Salvia gregii Lipstick

Salvia gregii Lipstick


Description: Salvia greggii 'Lipstick' features dense spikes of tubular, bright red flowers that bloom profusely from late spring through fall, attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. The flowers contrast beautifully against the plant's aromatic, gray-green foliage, which is lance-shaped and slightly fuzzy. This cultivar is known for its long blooming period and heat tolerance, making it a popular choice for gardens and landscapes.

Size: 'Lipstick' typically grows to a height and spread of about 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 centimeters), forming a compact mound of foliage and flowers. However, the exact size of the plant can vary depending on growing conditions, climate, and cultural practices. It's well-suited for borders, rock gardens, containers, and mass plantings.

Best Growing Zones: Salvia greggii 'Lipstick' is native to the southwestern United States and thrives in USDA hardiness zones 7 to 10. It prefers regions with mild winters and hot summers, as well as well-drained soil and plenty of sunlight. It can tolerate a range of soil types, including sandy or loamy soil, but it's essential to ensure good drainage to prevent root rot.

Soil Requirements: 'Lipstick' prefers well-drained soil with moderate fertility and a neutral to slightly alkaline pH level. It can tolerate drought once established but benefits from regular watering during dry spells, especially in hotter climates. Adding organic matter like compost to the soil can improve its structure and water retention.

Maintenance: Salvia greggii 'Lipstick' is relatively low-maintenance. Deadheading spent flowers can encourage continuous blooming and prevent self-seeding. Pruning in late winter or early spring helps maintain its compact shape and stimulates new growth. In colder climates, it may benefit from mulching in winter to protect the roots from freezing temperatures.

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