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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: nemorosa (nem-or-OH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Caradonna

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24 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Good Fall Color

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

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:
From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:
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6 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral foxyphloxy On Aug 25, 2011, foxyphloxy from Cortlandt Manor, NY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Help! Something is going on with my salvia nemorosa that is troubling me. I've never known of this species to have an enemy, but each year, holes in the leaves appear! That statement alone, makes most gardeners I know scratch their head. I've placed beer near them and in the AM the trap might only attract 1-2 slugs. I've used fungus killer (commercial), and a popular commercial brand of bug spray (don't know if I can state a brand name on line). Nothing seems to stop the holes. Ironically, the plants are still healthy, and get bigger each year. Good grief friends, does anyone know what's causing holes in the leaves?

Positive thetripscaptain On Jun 21, 2011, thetripscaptain from Racine, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a very nice classic salvia with purple stems and a taller, lankier stature than the S. nermorosa var. superba that I've had for some time now.

Positive corgimom On Apr 16, 2011, corgimom from Pontotoc, MS (Zone 7b) wrote:

This plant survived a harsh southern winter and came back looking beautiful. It is already in full bloom in middle April. Beautiful, compact plant !

Positive gardeningfun On Jun 2, 2010, gardeningfun from Harpersfield, OH (Zone 5a) wrote:

I bought 3 of these from Walmart last fall for $1 and they were marked Meadow Sage - Mainchant or May Night. They are not May Night. I have those and these are very thin long stems and not as bushy. They are very dark purple and tall. I had bought a Cardonna from Sabo's Nursery, in Madison, Ohio, and it is doing fantastic and already had it in the back garden last year, so when the 3 from Walmart bloomed, I knew exactly what they were, since they look identical to the one from Sabo's. I will keep buying the clearance ones and seeing what comes up! I love the variety. I just move them when they are done blooming.

Positive plutodrive On Jul 20, 2009, plutodrive from Denver, CO (Zone 5b) wrote:

Very drought tolerant when planted in part shade.

Positive clareb On Sep 30, 2008, clareb from Missoula, MT (Zone 5a) wrote:

I adore this Salvia for its dark purple-maroon stems.
'Caradonna' seems to extend the blooming season of Salvia's in the garden (at least in Zone 5) since 'Caradonna' blooms before 'May Night' and will still be blooming when 'May Night' starts.
Deadhead plants to have repeat bloom in late summer.
I've not noticed that this plant grows more slowly than other Salvia's.

Positive CaptMicha On Jun 6, 2005, CaptMicha from Brookeville, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This salvia makes dark purple flowers spikes that last for a long time and attract nectar seekers. They'd be especially pretty in a dried bouquet.

It's basically a no-care plant.

I've found that it doesn't form a clump as fast as other salvias I've grown.


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

Bay, Arkansas
Fayetteville, Arkansas
Hoopa, California
Knights Landing, California
Avon, Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Cornwall Bridge, Connecticut
Wethersfield, Connecticut
Brooksville, Florida
Cordele, Georgia
Dacula, Georgia
Cherry Valley, Illinois
Mackinaw, Illinois
Michigan City, Indiana
Olathe, Kansas
Hebron, Kentucky
Brookeville, Maryland
Bridgewater, Massachusetts
Southborough, Massachusetts
Uxbridge, Massachusetts
Dearborn Heights, Michigan
Detroit, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Kasota, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Eupora, Mississippi
Pontotoc, Mississippi
Elsberry, Missouri
Reno, Nevada
Butler, New Jersey
Cortlandt Manor, New York
Deposit, New York
Hilton, New York
Wilson, North Carolina
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cleveland, Ohio (2 reports)
Galena, Ohio
Geneva, Ohio
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Gold Hill, Oregon
Salem, Oregon
Norristown, Pennsylvania
Parkesburg, Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Columbia, South Carolina
Aberdeen, South Dakota
Knoxville, Tennessee
Lewisville, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas
Vernal, Utah
Essex Junction, Vermont
Newport News, Virginia
Spokane, Washington
Racine, Wisconsin

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