Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'

Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ Family: Labiateae
(SAL-vee-ah ver-tiss-il-LAY-tah)

Common name: lilac sage; whorled clary sage
Zone: 5 – 9
Height: 30-36 in (75-90cm) Spread: 36 in (90 cm)
Aspect: full sun; partial shade
Soil: average; well-draining
Water: moderate

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