Salvia sylvestris Marcus

Marcus Dwarf Blue Sage

 
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‘Marcus’ is a tidy, dwarf selection that blooms all summer with deeply colored violet-purple flowers. It is extremely cold hardy, browse resistant to deer and a lover of clay soils.

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Zones 3 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to grow
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Good for Cut Flowers
Good for Containers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good Rockgarden or alpine plant
Low Maintenance
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
1020
10 to 20"
2030
20 to 30"
3040
30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 84783

Details

8-12" tall x 12-18" wide. Salvia nemorosa ‘Marcus’ PP# 13,322 (Marcus Dwarf Blue Sage) Small in stature, but big in color, 'Marcus' makes up for its lack of size by blooming nearly all summer with compact spikes of violet-purple flowers. A favorite nectar source for honeybees and butterflies, use it as a plant to edge paths, at the front of the perennial border, or in containers. You will find this plant extremely cold hardy, browse resistant and it’s happy in clay soils. (cutting propagated)
SKU 84783
Common Name Marcus Dwarf Blue Sage
Botanical Name Salvia sylvestris Marcus
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 8-12" tall
Mature Spread 12" wide
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to grow, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Good for Cut Flowers, Good for Containers, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good Rockgarden or alpine plant, Low Maintenance
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
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. Fall shipping begins the week of September 4 (zones 3-4 first) and ends in early November. Expected ship week will display at checkout after you enter your zip code.

Most plant and bulb orders arrive within 2-6 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses in Colorado. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

Grass Plugs & Seed: Most orders ship within 5-8 business days (all zones).

Gardening Goods:All non-plant items ship within 2-3 days.

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

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I just need to see how they winter!

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Marcus:

    Use to attract butterflies, bees and humming birds!

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Marcus:

      All 3 plants survived a killer winter, look great and are budding. None bloomed last year so I'm excited to see what they look like this year.

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Marcus:

          Planted in clay soil last sping (2014)as plant accommodates clay soil Watered on a regular basis throughout the summer but plants showed little growth and did not flower

          This spring I amended the clay soil with organic compost material and ferlilized p;ants with a
          5/5/5 organic all purpose fertilzer and I think they have dou bled the size already, height and width over what the plants were all of last year and I am certain they will flower this year

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          5.0

          I've bought this plant several times.

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Marcus:

            I think the thing I like the best is that Salvia sylvestris Marcus stays short enough that it doesn't fall over like most Salvia's do and it blooms almost all summer if you deadhead the spent blooms. The purple color is very vibrant. Easy care.

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            Showy and strong

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Marcus:

              I planted this in the flower bed next to the patio, where long-lasting color is a must. Flowered the first year and adds great texture to the garden, with its spikey flowers.

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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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