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Caradonna Meadow Sage

 
Caradonna Meadow Sage, Salvia Caradonna

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'Caradonna' is a striking bi-color sage with deep, purple-black stems that highlight its vivid blue flower spikes. Attracts beautiful hummingbirds and butterflies to the garden with blooms that last throughout the season. A true heat lover, its color will remain vibrant even in full sun. (Salvia nemorosa)

Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Attract Hummingbirds
Attract Hummingbirds
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Easy to Grow
Easy to Grow
Fragrant
Fragrant
Cut Flowers
Cut Flowers
Dried Flowers
Dried Flowers
Great for Mass Plantings
Great for Mass Plantings
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Mature Plant Size 24-30" tall, 12-24" wide
Bloom Time Early to late summer
SKU ABL60XX

Plant Information

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.

Associated SKUs
ABL60XX
4SALVIA (Plant - 3" pot) - Out of stock.
AFL6031 (Plant - 3.5" pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name Meadow Sage Caradonna
Botanical Name Salvia nemorosa Caradonna
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Flower Size Up to 24" flowers
Mature Height 24-30" tall
Estimated Mature Spread 12-24" wide
Growth Rate Medium
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
Foliage Color Gray-Green
Foliage Gray green foliage with soft hairy leaves.
Planting Time Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Soil Moisture Dry, Average, Well Draining
Tolerates Dry Sites, Salt
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Easy to Grow, Fragrant, Cut Flowers, Dried Flowers, Great for Mass Plantings
Awards Award of Garden Merit.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

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Shipping begins in September based on ground temperatures, coldest zones first.

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. Fall bulbs are shipped at the proper planting time for your hardiness zone. Perennial orders may arrive separately from bulbs and 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.

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American MeadowsCaradonna Meadow Sage
 
4.2

(based on 5 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Hardy (4)
  • Healthy (4)
  • Versatile (4)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Garden (4)
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4.0

A true workhorse in the garden

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from Burlington, Wi

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Pros

  • Attractive
  • Hardy
  • Healthy
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden
    • Outdoors

    Comments about American Meadows Caradonna Meadow Sage:

    An always attractive bloomer with purple flowers and contrasting dark stem. They mix well with flowers of other shades, shapes and textures.

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    5.0

    I'd buy this again!

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    from Germanton N.C.

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Garden
      • Outdoors
      • Patio
      • Pool Area

      Comments about American Meadows Caradonna Meadow Sage:

      A very lovely sage, keep it deadheaded and you'll have a long season of beautiful blooms

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      5.0

      outstanding!

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      from MT

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      Pros

      • Attractive
      • Hardy
      • Healthy
      • Versatile

      Cons

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        • Garden

        Comments about American Meadows Caradonna Meadow Sage:

        Favorite salvia! Love the intense color and height.

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        2.0

        Disappointed

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        from Arlington, Tx

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        Pros

        • Low Maintenance
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Large Areas

          Comments about American Meadows Caradonna Meadow Sage:

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

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A favorite !

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          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 Caradonna Meadow Sage:

            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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            USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

            To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

            • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
            • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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