Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Hot Lips Salvia

Look what’s blooming at my house- my Hot Lips Salvia! Today I thought I saw a hummingbird fluttering near by, but by the time I went outside with the camera, it was gone.

If you want to attract humming birds, try to get one of these plants this spring at the nursery. IMG_0445

A couple of years ago, I rooted a piece of this plant for my daughter, and now she has taken cuttings and is rooting it for her friends. It is very hardy and comes back each year. My plant did not die back at all last winter even though we had some very cold weather. It is a great investment!

From a garden site:

Perennial, evergreen. Sun. Flowers are variable ranging from pure white or red to
red with white, very unusual. 2'x2'. Low water. Attracts hummingbirds.
 

Here’s another close up of the tiny red and white blooms:

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Do you have a favorite plant that attracts hummingbirds? Please tell me about it!

Thanks for coming by today!

Diane

20 comments:

imjacobsmom said...

So pretty! I'm going to have to look for that. I need all of the easy carefree survivors I can get. ~ Robyn

Nancy @ La Chambre Rose said...

I will have to look this up for the northeast. Do they even have hummingbirds here? Well, will look it up because it is so pretty.

April said...

Breathtaking, Diane! My hummingbird feeder attracts hummingbirds more than anything I've planted. However, my all-time favorite flower is Dianthyus (not sure about the spelling). I've had them for years in every place we've lived. They're supposed to be annuals, but mine come back, year after year. They have the prettiest blooms in all varieties of colors.

kate said...

What a beautiful photos, your a great gardener....come visit our blog
thanks again for the peek
kate

Sandy Toes said...

What beautiful flowers! They are so very unique.
sandy toe

jeanne said...

Diane, my visiting is taking quite a hit with my cousin here and therapy. I missed this post. I love your flowers and want to plant them. Do they spread themselves? My beautiful ice plants are not coming back at all. We had single digit weather which was very severe. Thanks for sharing these pretty hummingbird flowers.

Hugs...Jeanne

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Diane, this is just lovely. Wish I could help, but I don't know about hummingbird plants. My MIL has a feeder, and she has tons of them. They like to go back to the same place year after year and feed.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Zoe Ann Hinds said...

Any hummingbird garden should have a long season of overlapping bloom. I would suggest including plants such as the petunia, annual red salvia, autumn sage and shrimp plants, or the firebush.

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Joanna said...

They are beautiful! I need to get out and plant some flowers that I bought this past Sunday..

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I've never heard of Hot Lips Salvia, although I have heard of Salvia. I'm going to see if I can find this. It's so pretty, and I love seeing hummigbirds in my yard. Thanks for sharing this. laurie

Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda said...

Hi Diane, This is a beautiful plant! And I like the fact that it is so hardy!

Love your lamp below! What a great find! ~hugs, Rhonda :)

Joy said...

Wow, are they ever gorgeous!

Nancy said...

Oh Diane, Those are gorgeous!!!! Love your header...everytime I see a new one here!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Pretty flowers Diane! Trees and bulbs have just begun to bloom here.

I love hummingbirds but I never see them here. I've read that they love the color red, so I imagine any red or dark pink flower would be attractive to them. There are also special hummingbird feeders thta you can fill with nectar and hand, Duncraft dot com should sell them!

Brenda said...

If it brings in butterflies, I like it. I'm trying to plant more and more evergreens so I am surrounded by beauty all year.
Brenda

Jennifer said...

Wow, I love this plant! My butterfly bush attracts hummingbirds. I love that it's growing right outside my kitchen window.

paintinpatti said...

Beautiful flowers! I wonder if the salvia could tolerate our BLAZING HOT summers in Palm Springs. I have lots of afternoon shade. Hmmmmm. Very pretty!

Laura @ the shorehouse. said...

I just love the name of the flower! Worth it alone. :-)

I've never seen a hummingbird at the shore house, but the neighbors swear they are there so I'm thinking hummingbird flowers and/or feeder are in order.

Nola @ the Alamo said...

Hummers love red salvias, and they are so easy to grow! Tell PaintinPatti that I'm sure they'd grow for her, they survive the blazin' hot Texas summer, so I think they'd survive, even flourish for her, too!

Mark Taylor said...

Wow, Salvia is a good home growing plant you should check out http://www.freshsalvia.com/contest.html, you may be able to copy and paste your experience there and win the contest