Painted tongues

Salpiglossis sinuata and cvs.

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Painted tongues (Salpiglossis sinuata and cvs.)
Genus:  Salpiglossis
Long, narrow leaves grow in rosettes near the ground. Flower stems shoot upward to 2 feet with 3-inch-wide, petunia-like, purple, blue, or scarlet flowers marked with broad veins of gold. Cultivars include 'Splash,' 'Bolero,' and the more compact-growing 'Casino'.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This plant has superior cold tolerance but becomes straggly in hot summers.
Care:  Grow in moist but well-drained, moderately fertile, humus-rich soil.
Propagation:  Sow seed indoors in January, transplant outdoors in March. In mild areas, sow in situ in spring.
Problems:  Aphids, gray mold (Botrytis), and foot and root rots

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry
Characteristics
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Spring,
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Island Paradise,
Niagara,
Red
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Indoor Plant
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals

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