Marcus Salvia

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Dip-dye your daily experience with colorful flowering perennials! Marcus Salvia (Salvia nemorosa 'Haeumanarc') is a new dwarf version of the exquisite May Night Salvia. The rich, bold hues of this flowering eye candy start in June and keep on returning through fall! Saturated spikes of reblooming violet-blue flowers rise high above mounds of airy, gray-green aromatic foliage.

With its compact, dense growth, the spires of dramatic flowers stand tall over the dark mounds of textured foliage. Marcus Salvia is a magnet for butterflies, honey bees, and Hummingbirds. But thankfully, deer tend to steer clear! Snip the blooms for little bouquets without feeling like you are depriving your pollinators! Doing this actually encourages additional flushes of flowers!

Wonderfully hardy and easy to grow, these cold-hardy plants grow throughout USDA planting zones 3 to 8 and shine in the full sun without shrinking, browning, or withering! These plants retain their native hardiness and are low-water usage plants!

Planting and Application:

Now, even plant lovers who live on tiny lots or care for a balcony garden can surround themselves with saturated color all season long!

Either the ground as single specimens, in groupings, or used as a gorgeous "Filler" in container gardening. These space-saving lovelies are oh-so-easy-to-grow! Any sunny site in your courtyard, around the mailbox, or potted up in a decorative container on your front porch, Marcus adds depth and dimension to your beds and borders alike!

Weave Marcus Perennial Sage all along the sunny edge of your shrub borders, and use them as edging to tidy up the front of a Cottage garden border. Mass them to solve bare, open ground with their mysterious dark purple-blue flower spikes and lush, gray-green mounding foliage.

These perennials have retained their hardy native roots and work effectively in Rock Gardens and along the road, driveway, or sidewalk in the harsh setting known as the hell strip. Heat-loving Salvia performs beautifully with minimal care. Take the opportunity to trim nearly spent flowers regularly...and you'll gain an exciting vertical accent in cut flower arrangements.

Slope plantings are a great way to use this durable, low-growing selection. They'll even help control erosion for you and beautify a hard-to-mow hillside! Let these sun-loving lovelies spill over retaining walls and dry river bed plantings to create mats of vivid color!

  • Dramatically Dark Purple Flowers
  • Long-Lasting Blooms - June to First Frost
  • Showy and Versatile - Terrific Cut Flowers
  • Attracts Butterflies Rely on the Nectar & Hummingbirds Love Them, Too!
  • Compact, Dwarf Form With Upright Flowering Spires
  • Patio or Balcony Containers, En Masse, Borders, Edging & Specimen Plantings

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Give Marcus Perennial Salvia full sun, where they'll get at least six hours of sunlight. Ensure the soil drains quickly, especially during winter. Despite being low-water usage plants, these perennials do best when young if you provide regular moisture until they are established. After, Salvia are low-water usage plants and just need supplemental moisture during extended heat and drought.

Provide a dose of spring fertilizer and a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch around the roots keeps soil moisture more consistent and insulate the roots. Salvia is a woody herbaceous perennial that looks best if the mounds of greenery are cut back in the late winter or early spring. Keep those bold blooms popping until fall with regular deadheading. These plants appreciate being divided every 3-5 years to keep them blooming and growing vigorously.

  • Great for Hot, Dry Sites In Full Sun
  • Keep in Sharply Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Prune Back Late Winter or Early Spring
  • Deadhead To Encourage New Blooms Spring til Fall
  • Easy to Grow Plants & Deer Tend to Leave Them Alone

Turn your house into the "party house" for your local butterflies with thoughtful, colorful plantings. Order the Perennial Sage, Marcus Dwarf Salvia from our native pollinator plant experts at Nature Hills Nursery today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Marcus Salvia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salvia nemorosa 'Marcus'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 10 - 12 inches
Mature Spread 12 - 15 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Moderate to Low
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Dark Violet Blue
Foliage Color Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes