General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 18 - 30 inches
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Lilac-blue
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant

Common names
  • Lilac Sage
  • Whorled Sage
  • Clary Sage
  • Salvia

Lilac Sage (Salvia verticillata) was a featured
Plant of the Day for August 24, 2016.
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Date: 2008-03-05

Courtesy Robin's Salvias
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: NYBG 
Date: June 14 22

photo credit: Bernd Haynold
Location: CZ Sirem My garden
Date: 4000-05-08
Location: CZ Sirem
Date: 4000-05-08
Location: western Oregon
Date: spring 2014
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 10:38 PM concerning plant:
    "Salvia verticillata is a herbaceous perennial native to a wide area ranging from central Europe to western Asia, and naturalized in northern Europe and North America. It was first described by Carolus Linnaeus in 1753.

    Salvia verticillata has a leafy base of mid-green leaves covered with hairs, putting up leaf-covered stems that carry 3 feet inflorescences. The tiny lavender flowers grow tightly packed in whorls, with tiny lime-green and purple calyces. The specific epithet verticillata refers to the whorls that grow in verticils. A cultivar introduced in the 1990s, 'Purple Rain', is much more showy and long-blooming, growing about 2 feet tall."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at:

Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On March 30, 2015 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On February 11, 2015 Seeds sown
winter sown
MrsBinWY On May 27, 2018 Transplanted
On 5-27-2018, planted 2 out near Penstemon tenuis.
MrsBinWY On March 1, 2018 Potted up
MrsBinWY On February 27, 2018 Seeds germinated
1 (will pot it up and put the container with the rest of the seeds back in the warmth)
MrsBinWY On February 18, 2018 Seeds sown
medium-warm room temp; 25 seeds (all) from luvsgrtdanes
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