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Salvia nemorosa 'Marcus'

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: nemorosa (nem-or-OH-suh) (Info)
Cultivar: Marcus
Additional cultivar information: (PP13322, aka Haeumanarc)
Hybridized by Hussermann; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

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6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
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:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


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:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive vossner On Jun 18, 2012, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

A diminutive salvia that's perfect for adding reliable color to tight city gardens. Thrives in well drained raised planters. Exceptional for tidiness in the front of the sunny perennial border. Makes a perfect groundcovering plant in front of shrubs that have lost their skirts. Size is perfect for rock and alpine gardens. A roof garden winner!

This cultivar was developed in Germany. Salvia nemorosa is a native wildflower of central, southeast and eastern Europe and is widely distributed there. It was among the first salvias to be brought into gardens with considerable early breeding in Germany. It remains a standard for cold climate salvia. Therefore, I am not sure it will be a long term survivor in my zone 9a garden, but so far, so good.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Prune old flower heads to encourage more blossoms

UPDATE MAY 2014: Still growing in morning shade and hot sunny afternoon. Definitely hardy in zone 9a. Moderate grower.


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

Seymour, Connecticut
Marietta, Georgia
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Oak Forest, Illinois
Saint Charles, Illinois
Louisville, Kentucky
Norton, Massachusetts
Albertville, Minnesota
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Southold, New York
Knoxville, Tennessee
Austin, Texas
Port Arthur, Texas
Richmond, Texas
Sugar Land, Texas
Spokane, Washington

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