Sage

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna')
SAL-vee-ah nem-or-OH-sah
Genus:  Salvia
This drought-tolerant perennial is noted for its vivid indigo flowers along deep purple-black stems, which gives it a bicolor appearance. It blooms in early summer and then sporadically if spent flowers are deadheaded. It forms an upright clump, with the flower spikes rising to 2 feet in height; its wrinkled, softly hairy leaves form a mound 1 foot high. Plants spread 1 or 2 feet wide. These are some of the showiest plants for containers and mixed borders. Butterflies love them. 
Care:  Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade.
Propagation:  Divide in spring. 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 Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Fragrant Foliage,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Dried Flower,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing
Style
Meadow Garden,
Cottage Garden,
Rock Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Deer Tolerant,
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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