May 20, 2019

Painted Tongue

Salpiglossis sinuata - Painted Tongue

Salpiglossis sinuata - Painted Tongue - Photo Courtesy of Emma Chapin/The Heirloom Garden of Maine

Salpiglossis sinuata doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue, but Painted Tongue does. This annual is a native of Chile and can put on quite a show in the garden with its funnel-shaped flowers and their notched lobes, velvety texture and interesting stripes. A member of the Solanaceae family, its relatives are marvelously varied, including mandrake, belladonna, chili peppers, potato, tomato and tobacco.

Today’s Daily Plant is a collaboration of Garden Maine and The Heirloom Garden of Maine, which grows Painted Tongue.