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Ablazin'® Purple Sage

Salvia splendens 'Ablazin' Purple'

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Ablazin'® Purple Sage (Salvia splendens 'Ablazin' Purple') at Stein's Garden & Home

Ablazin'® Purple Sage flowers

Ablazin'® Purple Sage flowers

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Height:  24 inches

Spacing:  15 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Ornamental Sage, Tropical Sage

Group/Class:  Ablazin' Series

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

A fine salvia producing large spikes of purple blooms with dark burgundy calyces all season; a beautiful border or edging plant with its compact, dense form, looks fantastic in containers

Proven Winners

Proven Winners® plants are developed with outstanding landscape performance, blooming, beauty and quality. Only plants with consistent flowers and color, healthy branching, robust growth, and tolerance of weather extremes can become Proven Winners® plants. These cutting edge and innovative varieties are time tested and trialed for consistent growing and garden performance. Choose from all your favorites and exciting new varieties too!

Ornamental Features

Ablazin'® Purple Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of purple tubular flowers with burgundy calyces rising above the foliage from late spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive serrated heart-shaped leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Ablazin'® Purple Sage is an herbaceous annual with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant. Trim off the flower heads after they fade and die to encourage more blooms late into the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Ablazin'® Purple Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Ablazin'® Purple Sage will grow to be about 20 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 15 inches apart. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Ablazin'® Purple Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features