Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' in bloom
(Photo courtesy of Northscaping.com)
Height: 23 inches
Spread: 17 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Perennial Salvia
Purple Rain Salvia features beautiful spikes of violet flowers rising above the foliage from early to late summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. It's attractive fragrant narrow leaves remain olive green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.
Purple Rain Salvia is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance perennial, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Purple Rain Salvia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
Purple Rain Salvia will grow to be about 23 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 17 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.
This perennial should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This plant can be propagated by division.
This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.