Salvia Greggii Amethyst Lips Dyspurp is an evergreen sage shrub with aromatic foliage and summer long white-purple flowers. This decorative perennial suits sunny borders, dry soils, and holds the RHS Perfect for Pollinators badge.
Salvia Greggi is native to Texas through to Mexico where it grows at elevations of 2700 metres. The cultivar Salvia Greggii Amethyst Lips Dyspurp was bred to suit gardens and is more commonly known as Sage Amethyst Lips. A close relation of the well-known red and white Salvia Hot Lips, Amethyst Lips has ovate mid-green leaves with the distinct salvia scent. Its whorled spikes of bi-coloured flowers appear in early summer through to autumn with white at the base turning to purple at the tips. On occasion fully purple flowers appear. In winter it holds onto the aromatic foliage which can be used in the kitchen.
Height And Spread of Salvia Greggii Amethyst Lips Dyspurp Sage Amethyst Lips will reach a maximum height of one metre and a little less in spread.
How Hardy is Salvia Greggii Amethyst Lips Dyspurp Salvia are hardy plants that can withstand sub-zero temperatures if they are grown in well-drained soil. Once established they can withstand drought and rarely develop disease or attract pests. The scented foliage may keep pests from nearby flowers.
How To Use Salvia Greggii Amethyst Lips Dyspurp A great sunny border filler Sage Amethyst Lips suits hot, dry Mediterranean gardens, low maintenance spaces, gravel gardens, courtyard sun traps, and wildlife friendly areas. Its evergreen foliage creates year-round interest and the pretty purple-white flowers suit cottage garden style planting.
Sage Amethyst Lips enjoys a coastal location and performs in a well-watered and fed plant pots or containers on patios and balcony gardens. The foliage is edible and can be used in place of culinary sage.
How To Care For Salvia Greggii Amethyst Lips Dyspurp Sage Amethyst Lips grows in all well drained soils including sandy or chalky thanks to its mountainous origins. Choose a sunny spot that’s sheltered from cold, drying winds for the best flowers throughout summer and into autumn. No pruning is required but regular deadheading encourages new flowers. You can prune in spring before the new growth appears to remove damaged or unruly branches if necessary, but prune the branches back lightly. Water well until established and apply a thick layer of mulch in early spring.