Painted Tongue
Salpiglossis sinuata 'Kew Blue'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salpiglossis (sal-pee-GLOSS-iss) (Info)
Species: sinuata (sin-yoo-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Kew Blue

Category:

Annuals

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Richmond, California

San Jose, California

Circle Pines, Minnesota

New Bern, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Stockport, Ohio

Medford, Oregon

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:

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On May 9, 2005, Zarebeth from Circle Pines, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

This was the showpiece of my garden last year. I planted it with Forget-me-nots, Siberian Blue Pinks, Yellow snaps, Sublime Larkspur and Heliotrope, and it was absolutely gorgeous. The first flush of blooms was so heavy I had to stake it, and I had blooms all summer long - even though they were a bit smaller and less numerous. I have heard it fades in the heat, but we had a cool summer. The color is a deep, velvety indigo with midnight blue veining... perhaps a touch of purple. The first blooms were about 2-1/2 to 3 inches across.

It came true from seeds collected last year as well, but I have no other colors for it to mix with. So far I have good germination, not only with last year's seed but with the seed I collected last fall.

I used an APS to germinate, k... read more