Salvia nemorosa 'CARADONNA'

Salvia nemorosa
Salvia nemorosa 'CARADONNA'
wood sage
SIZE/TYPE mid-sized perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.4-0.6m
USUAL WIDTH 0.4-0.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS deep purple
BLOOMING TIME May - September
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 4   (down to -34°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
Summer blooms
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Salvia is a large genus, containing about 900 species. In our climate mostly common (evergreen) sage is grown for culinary uses. Also, very popular are those of subtropical origin that are used here as annuals with long flowering season, especially in public areas. We concentrate on herbaceous perennials which are not widely cultivated and we believe that there are species, hybrids, and varieties worth the job.

Caradonna is a beautiful wood sage which looks like annual salvia farinacea, yet this beauty is a true perennial. Caradonna makes compact clumps with erect stems 40-60 cm tall, very dark purple blue, almost black, bearing numerous deep violet-blue flowers in spike-like inflorescences. Main flowering begins from late May and lasts about one and a half months, meanwhile new flowering stems are formed for weaker flowering in midsummer.

However, if you cut the whole plant back to the ground after the first flowering phase and feed it a little, it will re-grow into a nice and bushy clump with plenty of long, flowering stems offering the same show in late summer. Otherwise it needs no care whatsoever. Leaves are mid green, narrowly ovate, wrinkled, and softly hairy. Cradonna was selected in German nursery Zillmer Pflanzen in Uchte.

Sage will grow in almost any well-drained soil. For best results grow it in light, humus-rich, well-drained soil in full sun or light shade. It needs no fertilizing, only in very poor o compacted soils it will benefit from occasional feeding with a balanced fertilizer. In early spring remove all above-ground parts except for rosette of new or over-wintered, healthy leaves lying flat on the ground. It is perfectly hardy to about -34°C (USDA zone 4) and will grow in outdoor pots and throws, too.

Last update 11-08-2018
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
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  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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