Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
Balkn clary, blue sage
Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ is a superb plant for the drier Mediterranean garden or mixed border, associating well with other sun-loving drought tolerant plants and giving reliable colour over an exceptionally long period.
Throughout summer and autumn, towers of densely packed violet-purple flowers rise to 50cm above neat basal rosettes of crinkly grey-green aromatic foliage.
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Salvia is a large family of Mediterranean plants, with aromatic leaves (some species are used has a herb in multiple cuisines around the world).
The Salvia nemorosa species originates in Central Europe and West Asia, getting its specific epithet ‘nemorosa’ from the fact that it can be found in woodland clearings.
Care & Size Guidance
Salvia will flower from May to July, producing long spikes of nectar rich purple flowers. Deadhead the spent spikes to encourage flowering well into the autumn.
Plant the Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’ in the middle or front of the border for best results.
Alongside other herbaceous perennials, the salvia is a great companion for grasses, requiring minimal maintenance once established.
Mulch in spring with compost to both provide a protective layer and add nutrients to the soil.