Salvia

Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'

Salvia - Salvia verticillata  'Purple Rain'

Common Name: Salvia
Genus: Salvia
Species: verticillata
Cultivar: 'Purple Rain'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.75 m (75 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Selected by the renowned Dutch plantsman Piet Oudolf as one of his favourites this is a cracking plant. The softly hairy leaves are quite a dark green while the upright branching flowerspikes carry reddish-purple stems and flowers throughout summer - the combination of which creates a rich hue that is perfect for 'bruised' colour schemes. This spreading plant is easy to grow and tolerant of a wide range of soils but prefers a spot in full sun.

  • Garden care: To prolong flowering remove the flower spikes as soon they start to fade. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring. Avoid excessive winter wet and deadhead after flowering if you want to prevent it self-seeding.

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