Region: Upper Plains
Caradonna's uniform, upright, clumping growth habit separates it from most Salvias that tend to sprawl and grow somewhat unevenly. The plant's structure, as well as it's purple stems and beautiful red/purple flowers, make it an outstanding specimen for mass plantings.
I like the more intense color of 'May Night' better, but Caradonna does the job: long-lasting color where it's sunny and dry. It's the blue in my red-white-and-blue garden, and it's quite a contrast by the brown-eyed susans, too!
This is my favorite cultivar of Salvia nemerosa. I find that the purple stems add interest where "May Night" and "East Friesland" fall short. "Caradonna" is a vigorous salvia that will rebloom with sheering if placed in full sun. It's not picky about soil and once established is drought tolerant. Gorgeous!
I cut it back in July to get another round of late-summer blooms.
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