Lilac sage

Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'

Photo/Illustration: 
Steve Aitken
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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'