Salpiglossis sinuata Solanaceae PAINTED TONGUE Benefits, Care & Propagation of


Salpiglossis is an annual that makes an outstanding pot plant for the greenhouse or sunroom and, although not often seen in the home, it makes a good temporary houseplant. 

The beauty of the individual flowers is often lost when it is grown outdoors, and the five-pointed star-shaped blooms, some 2in/5cm wide, should really be examined closely. 
They come in a choice of colours, including yellow, orange, red, and lilac, with velvety petals heavily veined and overlaid in contrasting colours.

FACT FILE Of Salpiglossis sinuata Solanaceae PAINTED TONGUE

ORIGIN: Chile; hybrids.
HEIGHT: To 2ft/60cm.


POTTING MIX: Peat-moss-based.
REPOTTING: Move seedlings into larger pots as they grow, until a 5-in/13-cm pot is reached. 

PROPAGATION: Sow seed in spring for summer flowering or fall for early spring blooming. 

KEEPING PLANTS: Stake stems as they grow, to prevent them from falling over and breaking.

  • Bright light with some full sun. 
  • Cool to normal room conditions. 


  • Water well, but allow the top of the potting mix to dry out before rewatering. 
  • Feed every 2 weeks until early fall with a standard liquid fertiliser.
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