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Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'
ENLARGE IMAGE Native with dramatic burgundy foliage

Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'

Fantastic native for pollinators
Item: #SALPK1Q
ZONE 5,6,7,8
As low as $8.19
  • Glossy burgundy rosettes
  • Great for meadows or natural areas
  • Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Easy to grow sun perennial
  • Ship size: Jumbo 1 Quart
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Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout' Description

Flowers normally get all the glory, but in the instance of ‘Purple Knockout’ salvia, the foliage really makes you stop and look. Its thick leaves are a rich, dark purple color and grow in a handsome, compact rosette. It is perfect for native gardens where a little whimsy is encouraged, where its pretty pale blue flowers come in late spring to early summer and will freely self-seed afterward. Because of this, it is great for planting in meadows or in areas where naturalization is occurring. Butterflies and hummingbirds will especially appreciate its presence, as it is full of nectar that their long tongues can reach easily.


Special features: Attracts butterflies, deer resistant, drought tolerant, low maintenance, heat tolerant, attracts hummingbirds, beneficial to pollinators, ground cover, native

Quick Facts

  • Botanical name:
    Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'
  • Common name:
    Lyre-leaf sage
  • Zone:
  • Sun exposure:
    Full (6+ hrs/day) to part sun (4-6 hrs/day)
  • Delivery:
    See schedule
  • Ship form:
    1 quart
  • Soil type:
  • Soil moisture:
    Dry, average, moist
  • Height x width:
    10-18" X 12-16"
  • Flower color:
    Light blue
  • Foliage color:
  • Bloom season:
    Early summer into summer
  • Uses:
    Background, border, cottage gardening, meadow, massing, groundcover, native garden, pollinator garden, naturalized areas
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Soil: Will grow in most soils. Prefers gravelly or sandy soils with good drainage, especially in colder climates.
Light: Performs well in full to part sun.
Water: Will tolerate dry conditions, but prefers average moisture and may repeat bloom if given adequate water.
Spacing: 1 - 2 feet apart
Fertilizing: Does not require fertilization.
Winterizing: No special care needed. Spent foliage and flowers can be left in place until spring.
Maintenance & pruning: Remove spent flower spikes to help extend the bloom period. If plants become floppy in high heat, foliage can be pruned back to allow for fuller regrowth later in the season.