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Salvia lyrata 'Purple Knockout'

Lyre-leaved Sage

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Showy flowers grow 12" to 24" tall and bloom with lavender blue, nectar-rich flowers in spring. The American Goldfinch and other songbirds go for the seed in summer and early fall. 'Purple Knockout' has shiny deep burgundy leaves tinged with violet.

Benefits

Provides nectar for butterflies and other pollinators in spring
Hummingbirds flock to sip the nectar
Songbirds feed on seed
Shiny deep burgundy leaves
Good ground cover for moist soil
Very easy to grow

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Grows readily in average, medium wet to wet soils in full sun. Tolerates very light shade, but best in full sun. Tolerates heat and humidity. Self-seeds and naturalizes in optimum growing conditions. Leave seed heads for bird use.


Height
18-24 Inches

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Spread
12-15 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

Native Range

Connecticut and southeastern New York to southern Illinois and Missouri south to Texas and Florida.

Native Trivia

Ponds are critical to the survival of frogs and other amphibians. Unfortunately, development has reduced the number of ponds and pools available for amphibians, so a backyard pond can go a long way to providing this needed habitat


"This showy purple flower is just the right plant to attract us hummers and our butterfly friends!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Sun
Soil
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Hummingbirds
Songbirds
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Songbird
Wet Sun
Foliage Color
Burgandy
Uses
Accent
Ground cover
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Florida
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Virginia
West Virginia