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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).
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.
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:
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:
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.
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
from southern Colorado
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Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia dorrii Desert Purple Sage:
Two planted on a steep hillside with difficult soil; one did not make it, one is small but growing. The survivor did not flower this year. My experience has been that the xeric sages/salvias are a little slow establishing and then they take off.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Hi CB,We are so sorry to hear that one of your Salvia did not make it! You are correct, some xeric sages do take their time to establish but a good helping of Yum Yum mix and plenty of water the first year planted certainly helps them get started quicker. We are happy to hear that you gave us a call and received a credit for the unsuccessful Salvia. We hope that the survivor is now thriving. Please keep us posted on its progress. Happy Gardening!
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Two of three arrived dead. The two sent to replace the dead ones were also dead. Don't bother.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: Hi Katharine,We are so disheartened by your review! This is certainly not what we promise and we sincerely apologize for the experience you had. We are not sure what may have happened but please know that we working closely with our greenhouse workers to ensure this does not happen again. We do see that you did receive the two replacements and a refund for this. While your experience was not the finest, we hope that you'll consider giving this Salvia one more chance as our stock is very well rooted and ready to be planted! If you have any more feedback regarding your order, do not hesitate to us know as your feedback is taken very seriously. Happy Gardening!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Doing great so far!
By Lee, SW native plant specialist
from Kingman, AZ
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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.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Weak immature stock
from Northern California
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.
Merchant response: Hi marys2110,We are so sorry to hear that our perennials did not meet your expectations! While our perennials are small, we do this on purpose as we like to think of our perennials having something special which we call, "youthful vigor" Because our perennials are young, they tend to take off when planted in the ground. We have found over the years that most plants planted in gallon or larger size pots, don't grow as quickly as the younger plants because their roots have been trained to grow in a certain pattern when in a pot for so long. Please know that we are truly committed to your satisfaction which is why we fully guarantee all our products up to a year from the day your order has shipped. We hope that you'll keep us posted on the progress of your Salvia and please do not hesitate to call us with any feedback you may have. Happy Gardening!
(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
By Green side up.
from Meridian, Idaho
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.
Merchant response: Hi Green side up.We thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. Many of our perennials tend to not show much top growth the first year as they are established to their new home. We're confident that you'll be suprised by the growth this spring and we hope that you'll keep us posted on its progress. Please do not hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. Happy Gardening!
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.
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