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SALVIA 'Purple Majesty'

Image of Salvia 'Purple Majesty'

James H. Schutte

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

SALVIA 'Purple Majesty'

Plant Common Name

Ornamental Sage

General Description

This beautiful, long-blooming salvia hybrid comes from the famed Huntington Botanical Garden in Southern California. Easy to grow, it is the product of a cross between the deciduous South American species Salvia guaranitica and the red flowered, semi-deciduous Salvia gesneraeflora ‘Tequila’, originating from Mexico.

‘Purple Majesty’ is a large, tall-growing salvia whose well-branched stems are covered with bright green, shiny, slightly puckered leaves which remain evergreen within the plant’s hardiness zones. Long wands of tubular, two-lipped, violet-blue flowers are borne at the ends of the branches. The vivid blooms are highly attractive to hummingbirds, bees and butterflies.

Plant this striking salvia in full to part sun in fertile, well-drained soil, and water regularly. In areas with very hot summers, it may appreciate some afternoon shade. Removal of spent flower stems encourages heavier flowering and helps to maintain a neat appearance.

Where hardy, ‘Purple Majesty’ blooms continuously almost year-round. In colder zones, it is suitable for use as an annual and will flower over a long period from midsummer to frost. It is an outstanding choice for large container compositions and mixed borders, where it lends an airy note of vertical appeal and rich, long-lasting color.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 7

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    7 - 10

  • Sunset Zone

    9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer, Early Fall

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Drought Tolerant, Average Water

  • Habit

    Upright/Erect

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Purple, Blue Violet

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Winter)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    Yes

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Hummingbirds

  • Self-Sowing

    No