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Salvia lyrata 'Burgundy Bliss'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: lyrata (ly-RAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Burgundy Bliss

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Light Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring

Grown for foliage

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral OhioLarch On Nov 16, 2014, OhioLarch from Monroe, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

The Royal Horticultural Society Horticultural Database indicates that 'Burgundy Bliss' is a synonym of 'Purple Knockout'.

Negative plantmover On May 9, 2010, plantmover from Hampton Roads, VA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have weeds that look better than this plant. I had hoped the dark leaves would provide contrast but even that is beyond its capability as the leaves tend to flatten. It just doesn't have a lot to offer, imo.

Neutral sallyg On Oct 12, 2006, sallyg from Anne Arundel,, MD (Zone 7b) wrote:

It's somewhat unassuming and lowgrowing, and the flowers are short lived and not very showy. I'm hoping as the clump enlarges, it makes more of a statement. Self-sowing some but not as bad as some other plants I know, and it would be easy to remove the few flower stems.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Birmingham, Alabama
Gainesville, Florida (2 reports)
Millersville, Maryland
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Garland, Texas
Lexington, Virginia
Newport News, Virginia

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