General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Spread: 36 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Other: Gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Other: Furry
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Violet-purple
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Late fall or early winter
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Inflorescence Height: 48 inches
Foliage Mound Height: 36 inches
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Texas Superstar®
RHS AGM
Child plants: 2 child plants

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Common names
  • Salvia
  • Mexican Bush Sage
Also sold as:
  • Purple Velvet
  • All Purple

'Midnight' was a featured
Plant of the Day for September 3, 2015.
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2017-10-13
Midnight
Location: RHS Wisley, UK.
Date: 2022-10-26
Photo by wcgypsy
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire UK
Date: 2022-10-11
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2018-10-09
Photo by robertduval14
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: Nov 4, 2007 5:11 PM
This is my husband's favorite!  I plant it every year, since it's
Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, Ga
Date: 2018-10-04
Praying Mantis On A Purple Salvia Flower 001
Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.
Date: 2014-05-21
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-16
Love these purple flowers!
Location: Iron gate, right side, full sun
Date: 2013-1109
As close as I could get of the blooms.
Location: Iron gate, right side, full sun
Date: 2013-1109 3:13 pm 
No flash used for this photo.
Location: Iron gate, right side, full sun
Date: 2013-0524
Newly planted.
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-15
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-15
Location: Iron gate, right side, full sun
Date: 2013-1109
Location: Iron gate, right side, full sun
Date: 2013-1109
Taken with a flash to try and capture the velvety blossoms. I lov
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2021-10-10
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2012-10-08
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2015-09-16
Location: Local nursery.
Date: 2014-09-17
Location: Local nursery.
Date: 2014-09-17
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-11-21
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2006-10-18
Blooms are so velvety and soft to the touch!
Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.
Date: 2014-05-21
Planted in a pot with Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita' to see how well
Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.
Date: 2014-05-21

Date: 2012-11-02

Date: 2012-11-02
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2012-10-08
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2012-09-28
Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UK
Date: 2020-11-21
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2006-10-22
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2006-10-18
Taken in the afternoon
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-09-22
Location: My garden in Kentucky
Date: 2007-09-22

Date: 2012-11-02

Date: 2012-11-02
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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Sep 3, 2015 2:55 PM concerning plant:
    This is my husband's favorite and I love it too.

    I look forward to seeing the flowers each year, even though it blooms later in my zone 6a summer growing season. I love the bright, all purple color of the furry blooms and the calyxes. The overall look of the Grayish-green leaf color, the whitish stems and the all purple flowers is striking.

    As it is an annual (tender perennial) for me, I need to plant it every year.
Discussion Threads about this plant
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Pic looks to be in the wrong salvia database by Marilyn Sep 15, 2015 3:07 PM 9
I don't think this is S.'Ultraviolet' by HamiltonSquare Oct 13, 2017 5:51 PM 0

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