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Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’
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Salvia verticillata Purple Rain

<i>Salvia verticillata</i> ‘Purple Rain’

<i>Salvia verticillata</i> ‘Purple Rain’

<i>Salvia verticillata</i> ‘Purple Rain’
Salvia verticillata Purple Rain

Salvia

Sage

Thought in ancient times to perpetuate good health, an Arab proverb asks, “How shall a man die with sage in his garden?” Our Salvias are diverse perennials, shrubs or subshrubs. Many of them hail from the Mediterranean, Mexico and South America.

Drought tolerant, reliable once established, and generally pest and disease free, they combine an array of flowers and aromatic foliage in many different sizes, shapes, and hues.

Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ full sun

When Virgil wrote “Steep thyself in a bowl of summertime,” he may well have been inspired by this Salvia. Petals of deep purple gather like raindrops in tiered pools to form these whorled flowers. Broad, opposite, almost thistlelike triangular leaves provide a solid base for the tall, branching stems.

Blooms June–September.

Size: 2' high x 2' wide; hardy to zone 6.

Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ (P-0132)
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