Violet Sage, Ornamental Meadow Sage, Balkan Clary, Perennial Woodland Sage 'Ostfriesland'

Salvia nemorosa

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
Registered or introduced: 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




This plant is resistant to deer

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Foliage Color:


Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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

This one likes really dry feet in the winter.


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.


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.


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.