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Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: nemorosa (nem-or-OH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Ostfriesland
Additional cultivar information: (aka East Friesland)
Hybridized by Pagels; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1954

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Tammylp On Jun 19, 2009, Tammylp from Lima, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I agree it gets a little floppy, needs support. The older plants seem to open up in the middle and lay down after a rain; but the newer plants stand firm.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

This one likes really dry feet in the winter.

Positive jg48650 On Jul 19, 2006, jg48650 from Pinconning, MI (Zone 6a) wrote:

This meadow sage has grown pretty large in the last two years. It is an early bloomer, and continues to flower throughout the summer if the flowers are deadheaded. We have three of them, and the two in full sun seem to be doing much better than the one in partial shade.

Neutral KublaiKhan On Jun 27, 2005, KublaiKhan from Machesney Park, IL wrote:

Attractive flowers that are long-lasting. However, I've found that this plant needs to have a hoop or other support around it. Otherwise, the flowers/stems tend to get a bit floppy.

Positive langbr On Jun 4, 2003, langbr from Olathe, KS (Zone 6a) wrote:

Low-maintenance once established, easy to propagate. Butterflies and the bumbles love 'em. Long blooming in 5b.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Little Rock, Arkansas
North Fork, California
Oakley, California
Litchfield, Connecticut
Grayslake, Illinois
Itasca, Illinois
Machesney Park, Illinois
Rockford, Illinois
Spring Grove, Illinois
Noblesville, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Barbourville, Kentucky
Salvisa, Kentucky
Belle Rose, Louisiana
Zachary, Louisiana
Grand Rapids, Michigan
Ludington, Michigan
Pinconning, Michigan
Troy, Michigan
Morris, Minnesota
Bucyrus, Ohio
Lima, Ohio
Broken Arrow, Oklahoma
Milford, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
North Augusta, South Carolina
Knoxville, Tennessee
Rockwood, Tennessee
Hereford, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Tremonton, Utah
Urbanna, Virginia
East Port Orchard, Washington
Kalama, Washington
Menasha, Wisconsin
Casper, Wyoming

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