I have a couple of Salvia lyrata plants. the purple leaves are striking but growing mostly on the ground, and hence ratty. has anyone found this to be problem, and tried to fix it?
My S. lyrata always looks ratty, too. I'm too lazy to try moving it to make it look/grow better.
I saw the prettiest L. lyrata for sale at the Quail Botanical Gardens outside of San Diego..... of course, they were still in pots! ;^)
I've planted one in a raised bed in between pavers and it seems to be doing well.
It's basically a weed with purplish leaves, not far on the ornamental scale from purple-leaf plantain. It will tend to look ratty at worst, mildly ornamental at best. That's its nature.