Caradonna Meadow Sage
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Exquisite! Caradonna Salvia carries itself with style and grace. Bringing an important vertical element to the landscape, it offers svelte upright flower spikes lined with deep indigo-blue blossoms. Purple-black stems add definition to the plant in and out of bloom. But when is it not in bloom? Caradonna flowers for an incredibly long time—it begins in late spring and often continues the entire growing season! This splendid Spirit looks sharp in formal planting schemes, but it is equally at home in more naturalistic gardens and meadows. Adaptable, elegant, and ever-blooming. We love it.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-9
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This species of Salvia, or Meadow Sage, is a wildflower that ranges from eastern Europe to western Siberia; it favors cool-summer climates. Meadow Sage grows most abundantly in sunny, dry meadows and forest edges in its homelands. Deer and other browsers avoid it because of the pungent smell of its leaves when crushed; it’s a member of the fragrant Mint family and is long-lived. Caradonna Salvia originated at Zillmer Nursery in Germany as a seedling of a pretty variety known as ‘Wesuve’. In 2000, it was named an Outstanding New Perennial by the International Hardy Plant Union.
Bring on the pollinators! Caradonna Salvia will welcome hummingbirds into your yard, as well as all sorts of hungry pollinators who do important work in the garden.
How to Grow
Give Caradonna Salvia a position in all-day sun for maximum flower power. The soil should be free-draining and lean. Rich soil encourages floppy growth. Water regularly during establishment; less moisture will be needed in succeeding years. Deadhead (prune out spent flower spikes) to keep plants looking thrifty and to encourage new flower buds to form. Plants will often bloom until frost. Cut back old stems and foliage before new growth resumes in spring. Caradonna Salvia rarely needs dividing and may be left in place for many years.
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