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Salpiglossis sinuata
Salpiglossis sinuata

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
Full Sun
Regular Water

Salpiglossis sinuata

Painted Tongue

Native to South America. Upright, open habit, 2–3 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide. Stems and narrowly oblong; 4-in.-long leaves are sticky. Flowers are 2–2 1/2 in. wide, resemble petunias in shape, but offer more unusual colors—mahogany red, reddish orange, yellow, purple, and pink shades, marbled and penciled with contrasting colors. Plants bloom most heavily in late spring and early summer, but in cool-summer climates they’ll carry on until frost if regularly deadheaded. Good background plant for border; handsome cut flower. Bolero (to 2 ft. tall) and Royale (12–16 in.) are compact strains.

Seeds are rather difficult to start, especially when sown directly in the garden. A better way to start them is to plant in potting mix in peat pots, several seeds to a pot, in late winter or early spring. Keep pots in a warm, protected location; thin seedlings to one per pot. When young plants are well established and frost danger is past, plant outdoors. Performs best in rich soil. Stake tall types. Tip-pinch growing plants to induce branching.

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