Salvia hybrid WWG001 FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows

FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Sage

FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Sage (Salvia) is a stunning hybrid Texas bush sage with dark purple flowers and sweetly aromatic foliage; a favorite nectar source for hummingbirds and bumblebees.
Zones5 - 9
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds
Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Native
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
20 to 30"
Mature Height36 -40" tall
Mature Spread24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid-summer to early fall
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SizePlant - 5" Deep Pot
SKUHC017266

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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Flower Kisser™ Dark Shadows Sage (Salvia) is a color breakthrough in the cold hardy bush sages. It blooms with a profusion of hummingbird-attracting dark purple flowers. A garden hybrid of Raspberry Delight® introduced by David Salman, it's a large, tall growing woody sage that comes into color in late summer and flowers until frost. Very different from Salvia 'Ultra Violet' in mature size, bloom time and flower color, I recommend having both in your waterwise garden to provide a cooling foil to the brilliant shades of red and pink TX bush sages. Plant Flower Kisser® Dark Shadows near walkways and paths; when you brush against the foliage, it releases a delightfully sweet, herbal fragrance. It makes an excellent companion plant for Blonde Ambition Blue Grama Grass (Boutleloua 'Blonde Ambition'), Dark Violet Skullcap (Scutellaria 'Dark Violet'), and twice blooming 'Sharon Roberts' English lavender.


Plants in the new FlowerKisser™ brand have been selected by High Country Gardens Chief Horticulturist David Salman. These new perennial introductions are particularly nectar-rich and attract many pollinators, including honey bees, native bees, butterflies and hummingbirds.

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SKUHC017266
Item Package Size
Plant - 5" Deep Pot
Common Name
FlowerKisser™ Dark Shadows Sage
Botanical Name
Salvia hybrid 'WWG001'
Patent
WWG001
Zones
5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Morning Sun & Afternoon Shade
Flower Color
Purple
Mature Height
36 -40" tall
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Bloom Time
Mid-summer to early fall
Ships As
Potted Plant
Evergreen Foliage
Yes
Soil Type
Sandy Soil, Clay Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise, Average
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20", 20 to 30"
Advantages
Attract Hummingbirds, Deer Resistant, Rabbit Resistant, Native, Fragrant Flower / Foliage, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Special Groups
High Country Gardens Exclusive
Ideal Region
Northeast, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Ships To 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.
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