Lilac sage Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Lilac sage (Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain') SAL-vee-ah ver-tiss-ill-LAY-tah Genus: Salvia Throughout the summer, this cultivar produces multiple flower spikes in irresistible shades of smoky purple. At about 20 inches tall and half as wide, the plant flowers abundantly, inviting you to make bouquets and to keep up with the deadheading. Noteworthy Characteristics: Salvias are some of the showiest plants for containers and mixed borders. Butterflies love them. Care: Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun. This species tolerates alkaline soil. During the winter in cooler climates, provide mulch to prevent the soil from heaving. Propagation: Divide in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall. Problems: Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites. Overview Height 1 ft. to 3 ft. Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun Only Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Butterflies, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer Flower Color Purple Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Suitable as Annual Style Cottage Garden, Herb Garden, Rock Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest Type Perennials Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'View the discussion thread.