Hot Lips Sage Plants

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General Info RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky
Colour Purple, White/Cream
Type Pot Grown
Ornamental Repeat Flowering
Flowering Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Salvia x jamensis Hot Lips

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Salvia Hot Lips

Hot Lips Sage is a bushy, twiggy, lively variety with jolly two tone blooms that are mostly half white, half bright lipstick red, although they can vary between all white and all red. They have a wonderfully lengthy flowering season lasting generally from July through to October, but give them a sheltered and cosy spot, and they will go for longer. To about 60cm tall.

Browse our range of Salvia varieties or all of our perennial plants.


  • Colour: Variable bicolour, bright red & white
  • Flowering: July to October.
  • Foliage: Mid green leaves.
  • Height: 60cm.
  • Position: Full sun. Sheltered sites are best, especially in the North
  • Soil: Any except heavy clay.
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators

Growing Hot Lips Salvia

Salvias need close to full sun, and will grow near the coast in exposed locations. They are fully hardy, although their flowering season will be shortened somewhat in cold and windy places. They are happy on chalk, and like a light, well-drained but moist soil enriched with humus that doesn't remain wet in winter, so heavy clay is not good. They are perfect for a Mediterranean or gravel garden, and are great in large containers. Established plants are drought resistant, but still want fairly consistent moisture in dry summer periods to flower really well.
They are perfect for a Mediterranean or gravel garden, and are great in large containers.

Deadhead promptly to get the most from the flowering season, and prune out all the two-year-old growth (over about 1cm wide) in spring, ideally after the last frost, leaving the smaller shoots.

Mulch lightly every year or two, ideally after a heavy spring rain when the soil has warmed up. Salvias don't need much fertility, so a little help goes a long way.

In your Garden Design

A favourite choice for containers, Hot Lips' distinctive flowers make a startling statement kept on their own. Plant them in a matching red receptacle and they will stand out even more. But you can combine them effectively with other plants. We recommend a white rose such as Little Angel or Rose Desdemona. You can also pair with other salvias like Caradonna.

Did You Know?

Listed variously as Salvia × jamensis or Salvia microphylla, the name hot lips was selected by the volunteers at the Strybing Arboretum in San Francisco who helped horticultural manager Don Mahoney propagate it for sales in the United States after he'd received a cutting.
This popular variety is the parent of Amethyst Lips.

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Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
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