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Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’

Whorled clary

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.6m to 0.4m
  • Growth HabitBranched clump
  • Flower ColourPurple
  • Leaf ColourPale green

Description

Salvia verticillata ‘Purple Rain’ (Whorled clary). This wild flower from Southern Europe is strong smelling and grows on waste or bare ground.

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Fragrant

Other common names

Sage

Origin

Europe

Interest and use

Grown for their tubular, 2-lipped, often brightly coloured flowers and aromatic foliage. Leaves of some species may be used for flavouring foods. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Light
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

Some species will tolerate only light frosts, but some of the perennials are more frost-hardy. They will grow well when planted in full sun in well drained light soil with adequate watering in the summer.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds in the spring, cuttings in early summer, or division at any time.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails when young.

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