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Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' (Lilac sage)

Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' Photo/Illustration: Steve Aitken

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' SAL-vee-ah ver-tiss-ill-LAY-tah Common Name: Lilac sage 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.
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/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Naturalizing, Suitable as Annual
Style Herb Garden, Cottage Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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