Salpiglossis, also called painted tongue, has velvety flowers with metallic coloration and veination that has to be seen to be believed! A gardener in the early 1900s described them as having “bewildering combinations”. Flowers beckon admirers to take a closer look, and are irresistible to butterflies. Performs best in cool weather. Excellent cut flowers.
Botanical Name: Salpiglossis sinuata
Plant Dimensions: 24″–36″ tall
Variety Information: 2″–2 ½” flowers in colors of red, scarlet, blue, yellow, white, and chocolate with contrasting veins.
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower
When to Sow Outside: 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date. Mild Climates: Sow in late summer or fall for cool–season blooms.
When to Start Inside: RECOMMENDED. 8 to 10 weeks before your average last frost date.
Days to Emerge: 12–30 days
Seed Depth: Press into surface
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12″
Thinning: When 2″ tall, thin to 1 every 12″