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Products > Salvia 'Purple Majesty'
Salvia 'Purple Majesty' - Purple Majesty Sage

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Perennial
Family: Lamiaceae (Labiatae) (Mints)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Flower Color: Violet
Bloomtime: Summer/Fall
Parentage: (S. guaranitica x S. gesneriiflora)
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15° F
Salvia 'Purple Majesty' (Purple Majesty Sage) - A large semi-shrubby perennial (subshrub) that grows 3 to 4 feet tall with an upright and somewhat open habit. The shiny ovate bright green leaves are broad, pointed and heavily textured with lightly serrated margins. The inch long deep purple tubular flowers, of a velvet-texture, are held in even darker calyces in whorls along an eight- to ten-inch-long spike in late summer- fall.

It grows best in full sun along the coast or light shade inland in a fast-draining soil with moderate to regular watering in a garden location that does not become too cold in winter, but is root hardy when mulched possibly as low as 10° F. A great plant that lends a wild tropical look to the garden.

Salvia 'Purple Majesty' originated at the Huntington Botanical Gardens as the result of a cross made by the gardens botanist Fred Boutin between Salvia guaranitica and Salvia gesneriiflora ‘Tequila’ with this plant selected for its garden merit and introduced by the garden around 1980. We grew this fun plant from 1993 until 2016. 

This information about Salvia 'Purple Majesty' displayed is based on research conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens we have visited, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share any cultural information that would aid others in growing it.