Salpiglossis, or painted tongue, offers up a kaleidoscope of color, with each flower rich in shadings of pigment and strong veins. Salpiglossis have open-faced, trumpet-like flowers. Native to southern Chile, this stunning plant was introduced to the northern hemisphere in the 1820s.
Salpiglossis is a relatively upright grower, reaching up to 3 feet in the garden. Flowers are approx 3" inches in diameter. Most of them are overlaid with veins and other patterns of color, making them look like stained glass.
The flowers have a five-lobed funnel-shaped corolla, up to 2.5" in long, each lobe with a notched apex, velvety in texture, either violet or orange, and have contrasting darker stripes along each petal.
Half-hardy annual to 3 feet. Makes nice cut flowers which last well in water.