Salvia dorrii Desert Purple Sage

Desert Purple Sage

 
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Desert Purple Sage is a showy late spring blooming native shrublet with silver foliage and blue flowers pushing out from mid-purple bracts. Impervious to browsing deer and rabbits, it is a pollinator's delight attracting all types of bees. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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Zones 5 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Evergreen
Evergreen
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
Shipping Shipping begins in late February based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first. More shipping info Learn More…
Size Plant - 2.5" deep pot
SKU 84712

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18" tall x 24-36" wide (seed propagated). Desert Purple Sage is a western native gem that puts on a dazzling display of pale-blue and purple flower spikes in late spring. Little known outside of the circle of native plant enthusiasts, it is a fast growing, heavy bloomer best suited to the hottest, most challenging planting sites. This small growing shrub has highly aromatic, silvery leaves that are both beautiful and resistant to browsing mammals. Plant it where the soil is fast draining and rocky, sandy or loamy in texture. This is an excellent companion plant for late spring blooming Beardtongues.
SKU 84712
Common Name Desert Purple Sage
Botanical Name Salvia dorrii Desert Purple Sage
Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Blue, Purple
Mature Height 18" tall
Mature Spread 24-36" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain Less than 10", 10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Evergreen
Ideal Region Western Only, Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Salvia

Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers. They are resistant to deer and rabbits.

  1. Plant in full sun.
  2. Plant native Western Salvia varieties in soil that is low fertility and well-drained.
  3. Plant Old World Salvia in a wide range of soils (loams, sand) including clay.
  4. Many spring-flowering varieties of sage will re-bloom in fall if deadheaded after the first bloom.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Once established they will need regular, deep irrigation during hot, dry weather.
  6. During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
  7. In colder USDA zones (zone 6 and below) it is essential to give Native Southwestern and Southwestern hybrids protection from the extreme cold their first couple winters in the garden. Mound up pine needles or fallen autumn leaves over and around the base of the plant.

Western Native Salvia: : It is from the Western US that we find our most beautiful native salvia species. For attracting hummingbirds, there are no finer flowers than the Western native sages. Typically, this group of Salvia prefer ‘lean’ (not very fertile), well drained soils. They will grow in dry clay conditions in arid climates but will rot out in clay soils where there is more than about 15 to 18” of precipitation annually.

Western Salvia include:

  • Salvia greggii - ‘Furman’s Red’, ‘Cold Hardy Pink’
  • Salvia hybrids - ‘Maraschino’, ‘Raspberry Delight’, ‘Ultra Violet’ and ‘Burgundy Seduction’.
  • Salvia pachyphylla and Salvia dorrii is recommended for arid western gardens.
  • Salvia azurea and Salvia reptans - Early fall bloomers with excellent cold hardiness.

To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, Western Salvia (noted above) must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness.

Old Wolrd Salvia: The Old World Salvia include some of the very best, most durable, longest-lived perennials. These salvia are an excellent choice for gardeners across most of the United States. ‘Old World’ Sages bloom primarily in shades of blue, pink and white. They are well adapted to cold climates and a wide range of soils including clay. The European Salvia are incredibly attractive to honey bees, many of our native bees and bumble bees as well as butterflies.

Old World varieties include:

  • Salvia syslvestris'Lyrical Rose', 'May Night', 'Little Night', 'Caradonna' and 'Marcus'.
  • Salvia daghestanica
  • Salvia verticiliata

More in-depth guidance for growing Salvia: Planting Nectar Rich Salvia to Attract Pollinators to the Garden, Sage Advice, The Spectacular Salvia and Cold Hardy, Late Summer / Early Fall Blooming Sages.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs Will ship at planting time in spring 2017, beginning in late February.

Wildflower Seed & Grass Seed Orders ship within 2-3 days.

Standard shipping costs are $4.99 and up, depending on the size of the order.

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Doing great so far!

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Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia dorrii Desert Purple Sage:

Bought two of these last summer or early fall. Both arrived in good shape with excellent root ball. (They were only a few inches high, but that is a great stage to plant them out, so long as you can place them where no one steps on them!) I had already prepared their planting beds in advance of receipt, so they went into the ground within a couple of hours of receipt in the mail. The soil consists of a high proportion of sand with excellent drainage. The plants were healthy through the winter in NW AZ (elevation 3500 feet) but showed no significant growth, as should be expected. Since longer days and warmer weather have set in, both are growing very well, and have probably quadrupled in bulk. One gets full sun, including radiant heat from the walls of a metal storage shed. The other gets sun only in the afternoon at this time of year; it will get full sun in the morning during the peak of summer. The one with more shade is actually growing taller faster. I'm not expecting any flowers this year, but am so happy with these, I'll be ordering more.

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia dorrii Desert Purple Sage:

      It has been several years since purchasing from HCG, primarily because their stock tended to be very immature and therefore not a good value, compared to several other mail order companies. Thought I would try again but this still seems to be a problem. While not all of the plants I received were weak 2 of the 6 were barely viable, still nursing them along in the greenhouse.

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      Not sure on this plant. It didn't die and it didn't grow either. Still the same size as it was when delivered. We'll see if it makes it through the winter.

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      USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

      To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

      • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
      • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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