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A plant said to flower every 400 years is a common-and-garden “Hot Lips” salvia

A picture of a plant so rare it only flowers every 400 years has been identified as a common-and-garden bloom.

Facebook posts claimed the plant was a Mahameru from the Himalayan mountains.

In fact, is a “Hot Lips” Salvia found in most English gardens.


One flower magazine had it as the “Plant of the Week”.

Guy Barter, Chief Horticulturist of Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) said:

“This is Salvia ‘Hot Lips’, a garden variety commonplace in the UK and it flowers every year.

“I am not so sure that ‘Mahameru flower’ actually exists!”





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