Salvia Ultra Violet
Ultra Violet Hybrid Sage
18-20" tall x 24-28" wide (cutting propagated). You'll enjoy ultra garden performance from this new hybrid Salvia selected by Lauren Springer Ogden and Scott Ogden. Discovered in their Ft. Collins garden, 'Ultra Violet' is a hummingbird initiated cross between blue flowered Salvia lycioides and rose-pink Salvia greggii. The dark green foliage and copious violet-pink flowers make this plant a standout in the xeriscape. For three years now, the plant has grown beautifully after surviving erratic USDA zone 5b (-10 to -15 ° F) winters. Blooming starts in late July and continues until October frost! Select a hot, full sun location with any lean-loam or clay-loam soil that is well drained. Its aromatic foliage is very rabbit and deer resistant. During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness. Combine it with Hymenoxys acaulis or various Oenothera for a pleasing, xeric combination. Zones 5b-9.
|Common Name||Ultra Violet Hybrid Sage|
|Botanical Name||Salvia Ultra Violet|
|Zones||6, 7, 8, 9|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Mature Height||18-20" tall|
|Mature Spread||24-28" wide|
|Bloom Time||Mid summer to fall|
|Ships As||Potted Plant|
|Planting Season||Spring / Summer, Fall|
|Soil Type||Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil|
|Amount of Rain||10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)|
|Advantages||Deer Resistant, Attract Hummingbirds, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Containers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), High Impact - Low Maintenance|
|Special Groups||High Country Gardens Introduction|
|Ideal Region||Anywhere In The US, Hot Desert, Coastal California|
|Neonicotinoid-Free||Yes - Learn More|
|Ships to Canada||No|
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.
- Plant in full sun.
- Plant native Western Salvia varieties in soil that is low fertility and well-drained.
- Plant Old World Salvia in a wide range of soils (loams, sand) including clay.
- Many spring-flowering varieties of sage will re-bloom in fall if deadheaded after the first bloom.
- New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Once established they will need regular, deep irrigation during hot, dry weather.
- During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
- 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 sages 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.
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 or download our complete Planting Guide (pdf) 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.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Ultra Violet:
Great sage to compliment red flowering greggii varieties. The flowers are very attractive. Plants arrived small but within first season were well over 50% of mature size and flowered prolifically. Just waiting to see if it overwintered, but it appears to have buds. One of our favorites.
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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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