Meadow sage

Salvia  × sylvestris 'May Night'

Photo/Illustration: 
Chris Curless
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Meadow sage (Salvia  × sylvestris 'May Night')
SAL-vee-ah ex sil-VES-tris
Synonyms:  Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'
Genus:  Salvia
This drought-tolerant perennial bears deep violet-blue flower spikes in early summer and then sporadically if spent flowers are removed promptly. It forms an erect clump 2.5 feet tall by 1.5 feet wide, with wrinkled, soft hairy leaves.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  These are some of the showiest plants for containers, edging, and mixed borders. Butterflies love them. 'May Night' was the 1997 Perennial Plant of the Year.
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Propagation:  Divide in early spring, and pamper newly divided clumps. Take cuttings spring through fall.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Ground Covers
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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