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Common names:
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Also sold as:
Purple Velvet
All Purple

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

Midnight

'Midnight' was a featured
Plant of the Day for September 3, 2015.

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By wcgypsy
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2018-10-09
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: Nov 4, 2007 5:11 PMThis is my husband's favorite!  I plant it every year, since it's
By Marilyn
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Location: Iron gate, right side, full sunDate: 2013-1109As close as I could get of the blooms.
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Location: Iron gate, right side, full sunDate: 2013-1109 3:13 pm No flash used for this photo.
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Location: Iron gate, right side, full sunDate: 2013-0524Newly planted.
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2014-05-21
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2015-09-16Love these purple flowers!
By Marilyn
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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-10-04Praying Mantis On A Purple Salvia Flower 001
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Location: Iron gate, right side, full sunDate: 2013-1109
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Location: Iron gate, right side, full sunDate: 2013-1109Taken with a flash to try and capture the velvety blossoms. I lov
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2015-09-15
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2015-09-15
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2006-10-18Blooms are so velvety and soft to the touch!
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Date: 2012-11-02
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Date: 2012-11-02
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2012-10-08
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2014-05-21Planted in a pot with Cleome 'Senorita Rosalita' to see how well
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Location: Outside corner of dog's pen. Full sun all day.Date: 2014-05-21
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Location: Local nursery.Date: 2014-09-17
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Location: Local nursery.Date: 2014-09-17
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Location: My garden in KentuckyDate: 2015-09-16
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Location: RHS Harlow Carr, Yorkshire, UKDate: 2020-11-21
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Comments:
Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on Sep 3, 2015 2:55 PM

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.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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