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PlantFiles: Painted Tongue
Salpiglossis sinuata 'Royale Mix'

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

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Scarlet (Dark Red)
Gold (Yellow-Orange)
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral lindypuddin On Mar 8, 2012, lindypuddin from stony mountain, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

grew this in my zone 3a garden

is in the same family as petunias begin as such
patchy germination
needed support
so unusual...drew many comments

Neutral BUFFY690 On Jul 12, 2011, BUFFY690 from Prosperity, SC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Bought on ebay as Velvet flower had a heck of a time finding the real name...quite excited about growing this next spring.

Positive LiliMerci On May 25, 2008, LiliMerci from North of Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is what that package said: One of the most dazzling of all old-fashioned flowers. Brand new Stained Glass is a very showy and weather-tolerant variety bred in England. These gorgeous flowers bloom hard all season in rich chocolate, deep blue, vermillion red, glowing orange, gold and dark purple with striking bicolors. Many of the 3 in throated blossoms have enchanting and exotic-looking butterfly wing tracings. The 1 1/2 foot basal branching plants are glorious in containers or to light up the garden with radiant color.

Positive 01Glenn On Jun 28, 2005, 01Glenn from Raleigh, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

Salpiglossis makes a great front to mid border plant. I place them in front of my Peonies and the Painted Tongue blooms after the Peonies have finished. Start them indoors about seven to eight weeks before transplanting after the last frost. They should have some twigs or other small supports as their stems are leggy. The blooms can be tender, but are a unique addition to the border.


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

Brea, California
Calistoga, California
Huntington Beach, California
Long Beach, California
Salinas, California
Norcross, Georgia
Averill Park, New York
Raleigh, North Carolina
Seattle, Washington

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