Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain'

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Buy Salvia verticillata 'Purple Rain' salvia: Richly coloured flowerspikes

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: moderately fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: May to August
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    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 as 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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Long flowering


First year with this perennial Purple Rain , Very impressed as to how long it flowered for . Might need a little help as it grown to quite a size . I love it


West Midlands


Feel like the odd one out!


Bought this Salvia because of the reviews and recommendations from other experts. Had salvias before in a previous garden but they've always suffered from mildew. I have a new garden now with lovely soil (clay but well-drained) and planted 2 of these in a sunny border. Yes they flowered for ages but again suffered mildew (even more so) and were real slug fodder. The leaves are very tough and hairy so surprised at this. The purple colour of the flowers is quite insipid I think. Did mention this to Crocus who as always were really helpful but I think in this case my garden and I may be the culprit! Will have to give up on salvias and try and find another purple spiked flower to go with my stipa and echinacea.






Brilliant year flowered forever. Needs a bit of tidying every so often.




Great plant for borders


Salvias are great border fillers. Fabulous colour.




Usual standard


As usual the plant arrived on time and in excellent condition




Flowered really well in its first year


Really nice structural plant for the front of borders and it still looks good once the stems have dried out.




Strongest of all my Salvias


I have three different varieties of Salvias, and the 'Purple Rain' variety is by far the strongest. It burgeons and flowers much earlier than the others, it does not appear to suffer slugs as much as the others and it keeps going for months. This year I haven't pruned it at all, and it still looks great in mid September. I am going to use it in a garden enjoyed by the Elderly for its longevity and interest.




Great plant


Great in a border and lovely colour




Flowers last for ages


I bought 3 of these last summer and they have survived the winter. Grew strongly in the Spring with tall spikes of purple flowers that have lasted months. They are still there now in early October. I made the mistake of putting them deep into a circular border and found it difficult to get to them to dead head. I'd recommend planting where you can reach them without stepping on other plants. I've moved mine to nearer the edge of the bed having trimmed off most of the flowers.




Easy and subtle


Fine if you like a fairly soft purple. It makes it easy to fit in to pastel colour schemes and the flower arrangement is interesting.




Salvia verticillata Purple Rain

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Hello, is this plant suitable to be grown in a container?


Hello, Yes, it is possible to grow this in the pot, but ultimately it will be happier if planted out.


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