(Plum Wine Autumn Sage) Frilly, lavender-tinged, pink flowers with a pretty white dot at the throat make this another outstanding contribution from North Carolina nurseryman Richard Dufresne.
|Common name This is the non-scientific name used for a plant. A plant may have several common names, depending on the gardener's location. To further confuse the matter, a common name may be shared by several completely different plants. At Flowers by the Sea, we rely on the scientific name to identify our plants and avoid confusion.
|Plum Wine Autumn Sage
|USDA Zones The U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones indicate the temperature zones where a plant is likely to thrive. It is determined by the average annual winter minimum temperature. Actual winter temperatures may be higher or lower than the average.
|7 - 9
|Size (h/w/fh) The anticipated mature size of the plant: Height, Width & Flower Height.
|Exposure This is the average amount of sunlight that a plant needs to thrive. Generally, full sun exposure is 6 or more hours of direct sun daily while partial shade is less than 4 hours of sun or dappled shade all day. Plants may tolerate more sunlight in cooler climates and need afternoon shade in extremely hot climates.
|Full sun to partial shade
|Soil type This is the kind of soil that a plant needs to thrive. Most plants require a well-drained soil that allows the water to soak into the soil without becoming soggy. Sandy and clay soils can be improved by digging in compost to improve drainage.
|Water needs Plants have specific water requirements. Water loving means the plant needs regular watering to keep the soil moist. Average generally indicates applying 1 inch of water per week, or watering when the soil is dry to a depth of 3 to 4 inches. One inch of water is equal to 5 gallons per square yard of soil surface.
|Container plant? "Yes" indicates that this plant can be successfully grown as a container plant.
|Hummingbird plant? Hummingbirds have been observed regularly feeding from this plant's flowers.
|Mature height The mature height of this plant in average conditions.
|2 to 3 feet
|Mature spread The mature width of this plant in average conditions.
|2 to 3 feet
(Plum Wine Autumn Sage) Frilly, lavender-tinged, pink flowers with a pretty white dot at the throat make this another outstanding contribution from North Carolina nurseryman Richard Dufresne. It blooms from spring to fall.
Just because a shrub is covered in lavender and pink and is attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, doesn't mean that it isn't a put-up-your-dukes tough plant. Deer don't like to tangle tastebuds with most Salvias, and this Autumn Sage is no exception.
Plum Wine is drought-resistant and gets by just fine in full sun or partial shade. It is upright in growth and taller than it is wide, but forms a handsome, mid-height groundcover.
Now remember this: Just because a shrub is tough, doesn't mean it can't hang out with other pretty plants. This one goes well with other light pink choices as well as white and burgundy Autumn or Mountain Sages.
Did we mention adaptablity? This sage is a great choice from California to the New York Islands. This sage was made for you and me.