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Salvia nemorosa Caradonna


Great for cut flowers

A popular perennial sage with striking purple-black stems of deep blue flowers rising above a mound of aromatic grey-green leaves. The flowers are great for cutting and bring colour to the garden from summer to autumn.


Best in a sunny position. Use anywhere a splash of colour is needed in a bed, border, gravel garden or raised bed. Happy in a container too.


Loves a rich well-drained soil. To extend the flowering season remove the old flower spikes as they fade. Cut down in autumn once flowering is over, and mulch with well-rotted compost.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available May - September
Season of interest Summer, Autumn
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 60 cm - 70 cm
Plant width 40 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 65 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H7

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Mediterranean garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From May to September