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Salvia × sylvestris 'May Night' (Meadow sage)

Salvia × sylvestris 'May Night' Photo/Illustration: Chris Curless

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Salvia × sylvestris 'May Night' SAL-vee-ah ex sil-VES-tris Common Name: Meadow sage Synonyms: Salvia nemorosa 'May Night', Salvia × sylvestris 'Mainacht', Salvia × superba '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.
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
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Attracts Hummingbirds; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Summer; Summer
Flower Color Purple/ Lavender Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Dried Flower
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden, Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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