Salpiglossis sinuata

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Salpiglossis sinuata
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Salpiglossis
Species: S. sinuata
Binomial name
Salpiglossis sinuata
Ruiz & Pav.
  • Phyteuma tricolor Molina
  • Salpiglossis atropurpurea R. Graham
  • Salpiglossis barclayana Sweet
  • Salpiglossis coccinea Lindl. & Paxton
  • Salpiglossis fulva Court.
  • Salpiglossis picta Sweet
  • Salpiglossis purpurea Miers
  • Salpiglossis straminea Hook.

Salpiglossis sinuata, the painted tongue,[2] scalloped tube tongue, or velvet trumpet flower, is a flowering plant in the family Solanaceae, native to southern Chile.


Salpiglossis sinuata is an annual or short-lived perennial herbaceous plant growing to 60 cm (2.0 ft) tall, rarely up to 1 m (3.3 ft) tall. The leaves are 4–10 cm (1.6–3.9 in) long, elliptic to lanceolate, with a wavy, lobed or toothed margin.

The flowers have a five-lobed funnel-shaped corolla, up to 7 cm (2.8 in) long and 5.5 cm (2.2 in) diameter, each lobe with a notched apex, velvety in texture, either violet or orange, and have contrasting darker stripes along each petal.

A light purple Salpiglossis sinuata

Cultivation and uses[edit]

Of the two species in its genus, Salpiglossis sinuata is the more commonly grown as an ornamental plant for gardens. It was introduced to the northern hemisphere in the 1820s.

A number of cultivars have been selected for different flower colours. It is grown in full sunlight.