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Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Salvia-Perennial
Common Name (Alternative): Whorled Sage

With a habit somewhat unlike the other salvias, 'Purple Rain' forms a sprawling mound of large, fuzzy, silvery-green leaves and stout, fuzzy, arching stems. Spikes lined with purplish buds open to reveal the smoky purple flowers. It blooms well into the summer if deadheaded.

Origin: Not Native to North America

Characteristics:



Height:
  18-24 Inches
Spread:
  18-24 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
3,4,5,6,7,8
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Low water needs
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts butterflies
  Attracts hummingbirds
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
  Rabbit resistant
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
  Alkaline Soil (pH > 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio
  Cottage
  Eclectic

Attributes:

Border plants
Container
Cut flower or foliage
Dried flower or seed heads
Mass Planting
Easy to grow

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Salvia is easy to grow in almost any climate. Though it is drought tolerant, it will bloom better with regular watering. Deadheading encourages a longer bloom time. If plants get leggy during the season, cut them all the way back to the newly developed foliage. If cut back, plants may rebloom in fall but often the flowers are fewer and smaller.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Phlox paniculata 'Tenor'
Common Name: Phlox-Tall Garden
4,5,6,7,8
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Leucanthemum superbum 'Becky'
Common Name: Shasta Daisy
5,6,7,8,9
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Geranium 'Philippe Vapelle'
Common Name: Geranium-Hardy
4,5,6,7,8
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Pennisetum orientale 'Karley Rose' PP12909
Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
5,6,7,8,9
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.