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Sage Caradonna

This striking Sage appears bi-color with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid, blue blooms. Caradonna will attract beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden and is perfect planted in a border or container garden. (Salvia nemorosa)

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Plant - 3" pot

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Details:

Zones: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Plant Size: 24-30" tall, 18-24" wide
Light: Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Bloom Time: Early to late summer
Shipping: Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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Details
SKU 4SALVIA
Common Name Meadow Sage
Botanical Name Salvia nemorosa
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color Purple
Estimated Mature Height 24-30" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 18-24" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
Planting Depth Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Season Spring, Summer
Will Tolerate Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Suggested Uses Deer Resistant, Hummingbirds & Butterflies, Containers, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Borders, Showy Flowers
Ships to Canada No
Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

Description
Caradonna adds drama to the Salvia group. Its stems are dark purple, appearing jet black in some light, and adding great contrast with the blue flowers. This plant is a head-turner.

About Salvias: Unlike the fire-engine red spires we see in park plantings every summer, the Salvia we carry are perennials. Most perennial Salvias bloom blue or purple, and most are much larger plants than the little red annuals.

Growing with numerous dense flower spikes that come into full bloom in May or June, the cultivars of S. nemorosa (which is a combo of several European species that are winter hardy) have become the favored ones for perennial gardens. Some people call them Sage. Some just call them Salvias. But everyone who grows them loves them in the garden. Here are the best-known classic cultivars:

Sensation Rose is the rich red growing up to about two feet.
May Night is the very popular taller one with the signature deep purple Salvia color, to 3 feet.
Snow Hill is the rather short, but popular white, growing only to about 20 inches.

These famous Salvias , growing together or in single stands, are sure color every season in your perennial garden.

About warmer zones: Famous perennial guru Allan Armitage, who gardens in the south, warns that these Salvias may survive all the way to zone 9, but he says from Zone 8 south, they flop over terribly, making problems for the gardener, while further north they stand tall and straight. He heartily recommends them for gardeners in colder zones.

Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
  • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

    All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

  • Garden Gloves

    Garden Gloves

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Disappointed

By Serinity Gardener

from Arlington, Tx

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Pros

  • Low Maintenance
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Large Areas

    Comments about American Meadows Sage Caradonna - Plant:

    Did not look good on arrival. Died despite extensive efforts.

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    5.0

    A favorite !

    By Joanne in Virginia

    from Clifton, VA

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    Pros

    • Accurate Instructions
    • Attractive
    • Fragrant
    • Hardy
    • Healthy
    • Versatile

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about American Meadows Sage Caradonna - Plant:

      Caradonna is a wonderful variety! This will be it's 3rd season in my garden. The spikes are tall and just beautiful ! A definite must for all gardeners!!!

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      Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
      • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

        All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

      • Garden Gloves

        Garden Gloves

      Shipping

      Shipping begins in late March based on ground temperatures, warmest zones first.

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      As soon as your order is placed you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive a second email the day your order ships telling you how it has been sent. Some perennials are shipped as potted plants, some as perennial roots packed in peat.  The ‘Details’ tab describes how that item will ship. All perennials and spring-planted bulbs are packaged to withstand shipping and are fully-guaranteed. Please open upon receipt and follow the instructions included.

      Perennials and spring-planted bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial and spring-planted bulb orders will arrive separately from seeds. If your order requires more than one shipment, there is no additional shipping charge. See our Shipping Information page for approximate ship dates and more detailed information. If you need express shipping or have any questions, please call Customer Service toll-free at (877) 309-7333 or Contact Us by email.

      Our Master Gardeners Suggest Pairing With:
      • All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

        All Annual Wildflower Seed Mix

      • Garden Gloves

        Garden Gloves

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