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Salvia verticillata

Salvia verticillata is a herbaceous perennial and it is from the Lamiaceae family of plants. They also call it the Lilac Sage. In Latin, Salvia means to heal or to save, and verticillata means having whorls. Carl Linnaeus described it first in 1753.

Salvia verticillata
Salvia verticillata

It is native from central Europe to Central Asia. Salvia verticillata grows to about 30in or 75cm tall. The flowers are purple or lilac and grow in whorls as terminal racemes. It flowers all summer and attracts butterflies and bees. The foliage is ovate triangular and hairy. The leaves are medium green.

How to grow Salvia verticillata:

Grow Salvia verticillata in the sun or light shade. Plant it in average to moderately rich, dry, or medium moisture soil that is well-drained. Deadhead flowers to increase flowering. After flowering is done, cut it back to basal leaves. This could encourage another round of late flowering. Generally, it is disease-free. Watch out for powdery mildew or rust. Propagate by seed.

Salvia verticillata
Salvia verticillata at Kew Gardens, London, UK

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