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Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' (Whorled Sage)

Salvia 'Purple Rain', Sage 'Purple Rain', Whorled Clary 'Purple Rain', Whorled Sage 'Purple Rain', Lilac Sage 'Purple Rain'


Primarily grown for the look of its beautiful foliage and flowers, Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' is a popular hardy Salvia that is welcomed in many gardens. This attractive perennial features upright reddish stems, often gracefully arching, lined with interesting whorls of rosy-purple bracts highlighted with small violet-blue flowers. Appearing in early summer, the flowers bloom abundantly for weeks if deadheaded. They rise above a bushy mound of large, lyre-shaped, fuzzy, green leaves. Striking in the garden when in bloom, this Salvia brings color and form to the early summer border.

  • Reliable and easy to grow, this erect, compact herbaceous perennial grows in clumps up to 18-30 in. high (45-75 cm) and nearly as wide.
  • Enjoys full sun in average, dry to medium, well-drained soils. Tolerates light shade. Provide a sheltered location from cold or drying winds. 
  • This superb Salvia cultivar makes an attractive accent in perennial borders, butterfly gardens, city gardens, coastal gardens, rock gardens or cottage gardens.
  • Drought tolerant, deer and rabbit resistant, it is a real magnet for butterflies, hummingbirds and bees!
  • Watch for slugs and snails, aphids, capsid bug, leafhoppers, rosemary beetle, powdery mildew and Verticillium wilt.
  • Remove spent flower spikes to promote further blooms and cut back after flowering is over.
  • Take basal stem cuttings in late spring; stem-tip cuttings in late summer or in early fall and propagate by division in spring.
  • Native to Europe and western Asia

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 30" (75cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 3 – 8
Heat Zones 6 – 8
Climate Zones 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Salvia - Sages
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spread 1' – 3' (30cm – 90cm)
Spacing 30" (75cm)
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Drought, Rabbit, Dry Soil, Rocky Soil
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Edging, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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