The Stunning Salpiglossis sinuata

July 1, 2008 heavenlygardens

Don’t let the name fool you. Salpiglossis sinuata is one of the most stunningly beautiful flowers I’ve ever seen. Hailing from southern Chile, the Salpiglossis sinuata has velvety leaves with arrowlike lines of a brightly contrasting color down their center.

Salpiglossis sinuate, a native of Chile, will brighten any summer garden.

I happened across this beautiful plant the other day at the nursery. As soon as I saw its brilliant burgundy leaves with their contrasting bright yellow arrows, I knew one of my clients would like it. The Salpiglossis fits her color scheme list a hand in glove.

I purchased the last two plants available and emailed a photograph to her. She immediately shot back a response, “I love it! Yes, let’s use it.”

Usually grown as an ornamental annual, Salpiglossis sinuata likes full sun and holds multiple blossoms at once. It blooms in late Spring and early to mid summer. You can grow it from seed; by sowing it indoors before the last frost.

The flowers do well when cut and placed in water, sometimes lasting longer than when on the plant. You may want to stake each plant to keep them upright.


The Salpiglossis sinuatea offers gardeners many color choices including a dark scarlet, a pink-purple magenta, and golden yellow-orange to name just a few.

To Collect Seeds
Allow the seed pods to dry on the plant; break open the pods to collect the seeds and store them until Spring.

Growth Habit

Salpiglossis sinuata grows 12 to 18 inches tall and 9 to 12 inches wide.


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