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    Violet Riot Sage

    Salvia nemorosa 'Violet Riot'

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    Violet Riot Sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Violet Riot') at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Violet Riot Sage flowers

    Violet Riot Sage flowers

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    Plant Height:  18 inches

    Flower Height:  24 inches

    Spacing:  20 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun 

    Hardiness Zone:  4a

    Other Names:  Perennial Salvia, Meadow Sage

    Group/Class:  Color Spires Series

    Brand:  Proven Winners

    Description:

    A dense, bushy variety with stunning spikes of long lasting violet-blue flowers; somewhat drought tolerant; excellent for the sunny border or containers

    Ornamental Features

    Violet Riot Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of violet flowers with blue overtones rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid fall, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant narrow leaves remain grayish green in colour throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

    Landscape Attributes

    Violet Riot Sage is an herbaceous perennial 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, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting 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.

    Violet Riot Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

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

    Planting & Growing

    Violet Riot Sage will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity extending to 24 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

    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.

    Violet Riot 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. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

     
     
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    Characteristics
    Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
    Applications
    Flowers  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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