Salvia 'Caradonna'
Salvia 'Caradonna'
Salvia 'Caradonna'
Salvia 'Caradonna'
Salvia 'Caradonna'
Salvia 'Caradonna'
Salvia 'Caradonna'

Salvia 'Caradonna'

"Balkan clary"

Salvia 'Caradonna'

1 bare root — £4.95

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Description

Few ornamental border plants surpass the perennial sages for producing summer-long displays of spiky, nectar-rich flowers. And one of the best—and earliest-to-flower—is Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna', a cultivar of Balkan clary. It produces long spikes of lovely violet-purple. A grouping of several plants will provide you with an eye-catching display of minarets in your border, right through summer.

The flowers are held on purple-black stems, well above the compact mound of pleasantly aromatic, grey-green, textured, oval-to-pointed leaves. Bees and other pollinating insects will love this Salvia. Of course, being a perennial—and a very hardy one, once established—it will give you flowers every year; it dies back to below ground level each autumn, then fresh new growth reappears in spring.

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' looks spectacular when planted with other plants with plum, pink or smoky purple leaves or flowers, as well as silver-foliaged plants. And it is considered so good as a garden plant, that the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has awarded it a coveted Award of Garden Merit.

Key features

  • Perfect for pots

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Attractive to wildlife

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • RHS Award (AGM)

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

  • Flower colour

    Purple

  • Leaf colour

    Green

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    20-30cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 plants per m2

  • Habit

    Clump-forming
    Upright

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    2-3 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun

  • Position

    Sheltered
    Exposed

  • Suitable for

    Pots
    Large containers
    Borders
    Gravel gardens
    Wildlife gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • RHS Award (AGM)

    Yes

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    Yes

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Other information

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2023
    You can expect your order in March 2023

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2023
    You can expect your order in April 2023

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2023
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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