Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ Family: Labiateae
Common name: lilac sage; whorled clary sage
Description: A clump-forming, herbaceous perennial with a lax habit. Fragrant, soft, olive-green leaves are spade-shaped. Purple-blue flowers appear on tall spikes from July until frost, if dead-headed regularly.
Special Notes: A cultivar introduced in the 1990s. Will tolerate poor soils but needs good drainage in wet winter climates. Drought tolerant once established. Attracts bees and butterflies. Deer resistant. Propagate by seed; by division in early spring or autumn; cuttings in spring through autumn.
Great Plant Pick 2002
Posted on May 2, 2013