Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’

lilac sage

Outstanding Qualities

This sprawling perennial salvia is a great plant for mid- and late summer flowers. Plum-purple spikes are produced from July till frost. The purple works well with summer blooming perennials and the golds, russets, and oranges of autumn. It is best planted at the middle or front of the border and excellent in combination with grasses. It is easy to grow in full sun with average moisture.Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' does have a lax growth habit but is nonetheless attractive. The foliage is olive green and spade-shaped making it interesting in or out of flower. It would look particularly good with Acanthus spinosus and Molinia caerulea 'Variegata' with a few Allium christophii thrown in for good measure.

Colors & Combos

Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, orange, yellow

Great Color Partners: cream, lavender, pink, silver

Culture Notes

This perennial salvia will grow best in full sun with well drained soil. It will not tolerate excessive winter wet as a young plant or as a new planting. Keep well watered the first year during dry weather, then once established it only needs occasional watering through the summer. Established plants can be pruned hard after the first flush of flowers to encourage a succession of bloom through the remaining season. Cut to the ground in fall once the foliage begins to die back.

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Quick Facts

Plant Type: perennial

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 2 ft. 6 in. (0.76 m.)

Plant Width/Spread: 4 ft. 0 in. (1.22 m.)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: purple

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun

Water Requirements: occasional watering