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Exclusive. Salvia Ultra Violet is a great new cold-hardy Salvia greggii hybrid with showy violet-pink colored flowers. This Sage selection has demonstrated exceptional cold hardiness and blooms all season beginning in early summer. Salvia Ultra Violet thrives in full sun and heat. Drought resistant/drought tolerant perennial plant (xeric). A High Country Gardens introduction. Discovered in the garden of Lauren Springer Ogden.
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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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(based on 14 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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Excellent Specimen Plant
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...Read complete review
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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A bit frail
I've tried this variety twice from 2 sources. The flower color is unusual and would be a great accent if it established like other salvia, and I put it in two spots --...Read complete review
I've tried this variety twice from 2 sources. The flower color is unusual and would be a great accent if it established like other salvia, and I put it in two spots -- one that's highly visible, morning sun and PM shade, and one in an area with several successful salvia, which gets more afternoon exposure. The latter was the happier plant, but both were spindly with skimpy foliage and relatively few flowers even after a full season. We'll see if year 2 shows any improvement, but at this point, not impressed.
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Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia Ultra Violet:
Update on former review. This plant does beautifully in a large container but did not do well in my border. Suggest you put it in a container.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Blooms May to October
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Beautiful Flowers for SW
from Albuquerque, NM
This plant bloomed until Oct last year planted in a large container. Already it is blooming in early May so I ordered 5 more to use in my perennial border. Hummers also love it and the color is unusual and intense. Can not say enough good things about this one!
By CO transplant
from Florence, CO
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This beautiful salvia grew to about 16" and bloomed most of the summer, a very attractive plant! It overwintered and I look forward to it reaching mature size another season of it's beautiful blooms. I very much would like to order more of these plants.
It bloomed early and continued until frost. Hummers loved it. Bright small flowers and a beautiful color. continuous blooming.
from Scottsdale AZ
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
from Jackson, Missouri
About Me Master Gardener
I potted this plant to a bigger pot. I kept it watered when needed and it died. I don't know why. I really liked the looks of this plant and sad it didn't make it. I was going to plant it out in the fall when plants do better with a fall start.
Rabbit resistant ≠ rabbit proof
from Fort Collins, CO
I ordered one of these from HCG and also stumbled upon a larger, healthier one at a local nursery. I planted them in an area where I have several Salvia greggii which have been doing great with long blooming seasons that attract many hummingbirds. This area is a favorite place of rabbits, but they've left the S greggii alone entirely or at least not caused noticeable damage, so I thought this would be a safe place for the S UV as well. Unfortunately that has not been the case so far, as all of these were razed to the ground. This is a hardy little plant, though, and there were some signs of life showing deep in the rock mulch, so I am hoping that if I provide enough protection for the plants to get a bit woodier then the rabbits will leave them alone, but I may have to just stick to S greggii in this zone.
(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
By loves color
from Amelia Island, FL
About Me Getting Started
As salvia/sages go, this one has a rather delicate flower. The color is a deeply saturated violet that mixes beautifully with deep purple and magenta petunias while it's growing to full size. This one's a favorite.
Well to Swell
By Spare time golfer
from Midlothian, TX
Packed well, grows well, and looks swell. Contrasts well with my large silver agaves.
Great in my zeric garden!
By Low care plant lover
from Palisade, CO
This plant starts out small and slow, but within a season, it starts to really grow and bloom! The years after bring more blooms and it fills out nicely. Very tolerant of my poor clay soil (but I have amended it for good drainage). I rarely water anything in my garden and this plant thrives! I love it!
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Sturdy and blooming, despite nasty winter weather
from West-central Oklahoma
These three plants survived two heavy ice storms followed by three months of drought with minimal watering, and are growing nicely and blooming!
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
from Hampshire Co., WV
Planted in an iris bed to continue the bloom season. Thrives, attracts butterflies, and color is so intense it can be seen over 150' away. Minimal to no care, minimal water, at least some direct sun. Holds up to wind, drought, bad soil. Looks very refined. Has handled freezing, wet winter.
Rough start due to atypical rainfall
from Monument CO
We had an usually wet late spring & early summer. We needed to have a replacement sent to us. While it did bloom, the plants were small. Needed a replacement. Replacement sent quickly. I think this summer it will really grow and have massive amount of blooms.
(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
By Native Plant Guru
from Johnstown, CO
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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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