Lilac Sage (Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain') in the Salvias Database

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 18 - 24 inches (45-60cm)
Plant Spread: 18 - 24 inches (45-60cm)
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: Fuzzy, gray-green
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Other: Violet-purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Other: Deadheading faded flower spikes ensures more flowering throughout the season
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Will not come true from seed
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Awards and Recognitions: Other: 2002 Great Plant Picks Award Winner

Close up of bloom

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'Purple Rain' was a featured
Plant of the Day for March 10, 2016.

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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2013-08-14Close up of bloom
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Location: Kat's Garden - Castlegar, B.C.Date: 2017-06-27- Evening light deepens the blue purple colour.
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2013-07-10
By Skiekitty
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Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.Date: 2012-12-09
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-06
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-05-30
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-06-11
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2008-06-23
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2013-07-10You can see the bee enjoying the flowers
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Location: Denver Metro CODate: 2013-07-10
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2013-07-28
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Location: My garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8Date: 2013-07-28
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Location: Potomac MDDate: 2019-04-27
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Courtesy Robin's Salvias
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Courtesy Crownsville Nursery
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Comments:
Posted by Skiekitty (Denver Metro - Zone 5a) on Apr 14, 2014 12:28 PM

Another weed of a salvia. Zone 5 winters are no problem, even with absolutely no protection. Gets huge. Mine's about 5' around and about 18"-24" tall in the middle of summer. Dies back to the ground every winter. Not a deep green, but more of a silvery green foliage.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on Aug 27, 2014 5:36 PM

Purple Rain is unlike most salvias. It is a sprawling salvia. The flowers are whorls of purple. Leaves are fuzzy and heart shaped. Attractive to bees and butterflies. Delightful overall.

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Posted by jvdubb (48036 MI - Zone 6b) on Aug 27, 2014 6:32 PM

A dear friend gave me this Salvia last year. It was in a 4-inch pot. It immediately took off, growing into a lush full-grown plant in what seemed like a few weeks. I cut it back twice and it rebloomed after each time.

This past spring it was slow to wake up and I thought I may have lost it over the harsh winter. Thank heavens, I did not! It was again a lush specimen. I did cage it this year to keep it from flopping over and taking up horizontal space in an already crowded bed. I again cut it back twice with reblooms after each trim.

My friend who originally bought the plant for me bought herself a second one this year because she likes it so much.

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