Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
purple wood sage
Distinctive dark purple spikes clothed in vibrant violet-purple flowers soar above gray-green foliage in early summer on this unique salvia variety. With care – deadheading and regular watering – it will provide an encore performance in late summer. Note: Salvia nemorosa cultivars, along with some of its hybrid offspring such as Salvia x sylvestris, can sometimes be mislabeled in the nursery trade so be sure to purchase from a nursery you trust.
Colors & Combos
Great Color Contrasts: chartreuse, cream, pink, silver, yellow
Great Color Partners: burgundy, purple, violet
Culture NotesPurple wood sage flowers best in full sun and grows most vigorously in a rich, well-draining soil, but it will tolerate clay and sandy sites as long as there is good drainage. Do not plant in water-logged locations. Once this evergreen perennial is established it will tolerate short periods of drought; however, regular to occasional watering during dry weather as well as cutting back the first flowering stalks once they are done will promote a second flush of blossoms later in the summer.
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Plant Type: clumping perennial
Foliage Type: deciduous
Plant Height: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)
Plant Width/Spread: 2 ft. 0 in. (0.61 m.)
Hardiness: USDA Zones 4 to 9
Flower Color: violet
Sun/Light Exposure: full sun
Water Requirements: regular to occasional watering