Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates drought. Prefers moist, gravelly or sandy soils with good drainage. Plants may repeat bloom throughout the summer, but need regular moisture to encourage this. Remove spent flower spikes to help extend the bloom period. Cutting back flowers stimulates repeat bloom. Cut plants back after flowering has concluded. ‘East Friesland’ plants are sterile and do not set seed.
‘East Friesland’ is an erect, clump-forming perennial salvia that is noted for its compact form, long bloom period, purple stems and violet-purple flowers. It typically forms a foliage mound to 10” tall. Wrinkled, lance-shaped, light green leaves are aromatic. Dense terminal spikes of violet-purple flowers rise above the foliage to 18” tall over a long June to September bloom period. Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies.
No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to powdery mildew, leaf spot and rust. White fly and scale are occasional insect pests.
Perennial borders, cottage gardens, butterfly gardens or wild gardens. Interesting accent.