"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."
Robert Louis Stevenson

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

New Addition to the Garden, Salpiglossis sinuata

Painted Tongue, what a great name.  The color of the flower is incredible. 

"The love of gardening is a seed that once sown never dies"
-Gertrude Jekyll

This plant is an annual and will bloom from early spring to mid summer.  It takes average water and should not be over watered.  Flowers are 3 inches across; plant is 1 to 3 feet tall with a 6 to 12 inch spread.  Grow in moist, well-drained moderately fertile, humus rich soil.

Allow the (seed) pods to dry on the plant if you would like to collect the seeds for next season; break open, they can be stored.  Start seeds indoors in January, transplant outdoors in March.


  1. Hi Carla, Salpiglossis is really a stunner with its colour scheme and pattern. The purple and wine red just like royalty!! Nice to grow from seed and something so beautiful emerges.

  2. What a beautiful flower ! Thanks so much for showing it to us, love it, Gina

  3. Hi Carla! Thanks for visiting my blog and for your kind compliments! I am going to follow yours also...glad we could connect via our blogs. I can already see you have a beautiful blog with stunning pics. I am a rose lover so I am especially enchanted by your cherry parfait rose. Y'all are lucky in CA...roses love your climate.

  4. Hi Carla... First thanks for faving my blog... be sure to stop in tomorrow (Friday) as I'm posting on my favorite magnolia combo which is just blooming now. I've tried salpiglossis a couple times and they haven't done well for me for some reason... it is beautiful though! Where in Wisconsin did you grow up... just curious... take care... Larry

  5. The center kinda looks like an eye! Very cool flower!


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