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Salvia ‘May Night’ | Plant Profile

Salvia ‘May Night’ (Salvia x sylvestris) are fragrant clump forming perennials with large purple flower spires. The flowers bloom from spring to early summer but additional sporadic blooms may occur. The tightly packed flower spikes rise well above the dark green foliage to create spectacular color. A member of the mint family, the leaves are aromatic when crushed.

‘May Night’ prefer average fertility, dry to medium moisture, well drained soil in full sun.

‘May Night’ are highly ornamental additions to perennial borders along fencing, sidewalks, or along structures. They can be massed together to create a sea of violet flowers. Hummingbirds and beneficial insect frequent the flowers. The flower spikes are beautiful additions to fresh flower arrangements


Salvia 'May Night' Characteristics

'May Night' are hardy, easy to grow perennials with highly ornamental flower spikes. Deep, moist soils are preferable, but shallow rocky soils are tolerable.

'May Night' often survives well in some drought. Medium moisture soil is needed for repeat blooms. Removing spent flower heads can encourage additional bloom. The flower spikes may flop in hot weather or after flowering. After the blooming season, cut the flower stems back to the foliage for overall health and appearance. Propagation occurs by rapid spreading at the roots or plant division.

There are few serious disease or insect issues that threaten the health of 'May Night'. Powdery mildew, rust and leaf spot can occur. White fly and scale may make their home on these plants.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8
1.50 - 2.00'
1.00 - 1.50'
Bloom Time
May - June
Dry - Medium
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?