The past few days have been hotter than Hades, but the natives are thriving (except for yours truly, I’m not happy). This one is a variety of Autumn Sage (Salvia greggii) showing off how it got the name “lipstick.” It’s a little over five feet (1.5 meters) high and equally wide and spreads like crazy if you let it. I only planted one about 10 years ago, but it’s managed to colonize areas of the south and west-facing slopes. Good thing they look nice or I’d have a real problem.
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