Lilac 'Sensation' Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'

☠ Toxic to humans
🐾 Toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
lilac 'Sensation'


'Sensation' is a deciduous shrub with a relatively loose habit. It flowers in mid-summer with unusual red-purple flowers, each edged in white

Plant Info
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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Synonyms

      Common Lilac, French Lilac

    • Common names

      Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      8-10 feet (2.4-3 meters)

    • Spread

      6-8 feet (1.8-2.4 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area



  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation', commonly known as the Sensation Lilac, is highly appreciated for its striking flowers with purple edges and white centers, providing beautiful color contrast and enhancing garden aesthetics.
    • Fragrance: The Sensation Lilac is well-known for its delightful fragrance that perfumes the air, creating a pleasant environment in gardens and outdoor spaces.
    • Attracts Pollinators: The blossoms attract beneficial pollinators such as butterflies and bees, which are essential for pollination and maintaining healthy ecosystems.
    • Landscape Versatility: The plant can be used in a variety of landscape designs, including as a standalone specimen, in flowering hedges, or as part of mixed borders, offering flexibility in garden planning.
    • Cultural Significance: Lilacs have a rich history and cultural significance, symbolizing love, youth, and innocence, which can add a layer of meaning to a garden or landscape.
    • Privacy Screen: When planted in groups or rows, Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation' can form a dense screen that enhances privacy and creates a natural boundary.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Lilac wood is used in the making of musical instruments for parts such as flute and pipe stems, due to its hard, dense texture and fine grain.
    • Crafted into small wooden items like bowls and jewelry, lilac wood's subtle patterning makes for attractive and unique pieces.
    • Lilac flowers can be used to create a naturally fragrant dye for textiles, producing shades of green and yellow depending on the mordant used.
    • In artisanal paper-making, lilac fibers from pruning can be incorporated to add texture and fragrance to the paper.
    • The heady scent of lilacs is used in aromatherapy and homemade potpourris to invoke relaxation and nostalgia for spring.
    • Lilac blossoms are edible and can be used to garnish desserts, infuse honey, or crystallize for decorations on cakes and pastries.
    • Dried lilac blooms can be included in homemade soap formulas, lending their fragrance and light exfoliating properties to the soap.
    • Culinary syrups infused with lilac blossoms offer a springtime flavor for cocktails, sodas, and desserts.
    • As a natural craft material, fallen lilac petals can be used in eco-friendly confetti or to fill sachets for drawers and closets.
    • Used in composting, lilac leaves and branches contribute to the nutrient composition and can enhance the overall quality of the compost.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Lilac is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Lilac is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Love: Syringa vulgaris, commonly known as Lilac, has often been associated with the emotions of first love or young love, possibly due to its sweet scent and heart-shaped leaves.
    • Innocence: The pure and delicate nature of the lilac blooms represents innocence and purity.
    • Springtime: Lilacs are one of the first flowers to bloom in the spring, making them a symbol of renewal and new beginnings.
    • Beauty: With its lush, colorful blooms, the lilac is often seen as a symbol of natural beauty and elegance.
    • Remembrance: In some cultures, lilacs are considered a symbol of remembrance and nostalgia, perhaps in part due to their ephemeral blooming period.
    • Youthful enthusiasm: The vigor with which lilacs bloom is symbolic of the zest and enthusiasm of youth.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Not needed
Spring-Early Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    Common lilacs, including the 'Sensation' variety, prefer consistent moisture, especially when they are young or when they are planted in areas with hot summers. Water the plant deeply once a week, providing about 1 to 2 inches of water each time. This typically translates to about 1.5 to 3 gallons per week, depending on soil type and weather conditions. During dry spells or extreme heat, you may need to water more frequently. Reduce the amount of water as the plant matures and ensure proper drainage to prevent root rot.

  • sunLight

    Common lilacs like 'Sensation' perform best in full sun, which means they should receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. An ideal spot for a common lilac would be in an area with clear southern or western exposure, away from large trees or buildings that could create significant shade. Without enough sunlight, lilacs may not bloom as prolifically.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Common lilacs, such as the 'Sensation' variety, are hardy and can withstand cold winters well. They have a good cold tolerance and can survive temperatures as low as -30°F. Ideally, they thrive in temperate climates where summer temperatures range between 60°F and 75°F, and they require a period of winter chill to bloom successfully. Excessive heat, particularly temperatures over 90°F, can be stressful for lilacs and inhibit flowering.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune common lilacs like 'Sensation' immediately after flowering to shape the plant and remove any spent flowers, which encourages the plant to produce more blooms the following year. Pruning also helps prevent disease by increasing air circulation within the branches. Typically, lilacs should be pruned annually, but older shrubs may benefit from rejuvenation pruning, which involves removing one-third of the oldest branches every year for three years.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Common Lilac (Sensation) thrives in well-drained, fertile loam with a slightly alkaline pH of about 6.5 to 7. Incorporate organic matter like compost or aged manure into the soil mix to enhance fertility.

  • plantRepotting

    Common Lilacs typically do not need frequent repotting and can remain in the same spot for several years, repot only when the shrub outgrows its space or shows signs of decline.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Common Lilacs prefer average humidity levels; they do not require any special humidity adjustments when planted in their appropriate outdoor conditions.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place the lilac near a sunny window and ensure it gets plenty of light.

    • Outdoor

      Plant in a sunny spot with well-drained soil, water regularly.

    • Hardiness zone

      Sensation Common Lilac is suitable for 3-7 USDA hardiness zones.

  • circleLife cycle

    The common lilac, specifically the cultivar 'Sensation', begins its life as a seed, undergoing a period of dormancy before germination when conditions are favorable, typically in spring. After germination, the seedling grows, developing a root system and foliage through the vegetative stage, becoming more robust each year. The lilac matures after a few years and enters the flowering stage, producing distinctive bicolored purple and white panicles typically in the late spring, which are pollinated by insects. After pollination, the plant sets fruit in the form of brown, woody capsules that contain seeds, completing the reproductive cycle. During autumn, the lilac’s leaves turn yellow and fall off as the plant enters a period of dormancy to conserve energy through the winter months. Each year, the cycle repeats with the plant producing new growth in the spring, leading to increased size and more prolific flowering over time.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring-Early Summer

    • The Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation', commonly known as the common lilac 'Sensation', is most successfully propagated through softwood cuttings taken in late spring or early summer. This technique involves snipping a 4 to 6 inch (10 to 15 cm) length of soft, new growth from a healthy lilac bush. The leaves on the lower part of the cutting should be removed and the cut end dipped in rooting hormone to encourage development. After preparing the cutting, it is placed in a container with well-draining potting mix, ensuring at least one set of leaf nodes is buried below the soil surface. The container is then kept in a warm, humid environment with indirect light until roots develop, usually after several weeks. Once the cuttings have rooted, they are transplanted into individual pots or directly into their intended location in the garden.