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Violet Sage, Ornamental Meadow Sage, Balkan Clary, Perennial Woodland Sage 'Rose Queen'

Salvia x sylvestris

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Salvia (SAL-vee-uh) (Info)
Species: x sylvestris (sil-VESS-tris) (Info)
Cultivar: Rose Queen
Additional cultivar information:(aka Rosakoenigin)
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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)


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



Bloom Color:


Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall





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:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

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:

North Fork, California

Palm Harbor, Florida

Grayslake, Illinois

Mackinaw, Illinois

Washington, Illinois

Barbourville, Kentucky

Pinconning, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Belton, Missouri

Ellenville, New York

Aberdeen, South Dakota

Knoxville, Tennessee

Leesburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 23, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

This has proven hardy for me in zone 4, and I have it planted with a northern exposure. It is in its 3rd year and is now nice and full and has abundant bloom. I really like the color. Very carefree as well.


On Jul 31, 2006, JodyC from Palmyra, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I just bought 3 plugs from Green mountain transplants..I'm hoping they will do well..I'll update later this year or next spring/summer...I'm thinking they can take partial shade also...since it's called Perennial Woodland Sage...it only makes sense...:-)


On Jan 28, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

'Rose Queen' grows fast from seed, and will even do a bit of self-seeding. It is very pretty in full bloom. My information says it is hardy in zones 4-9 and grows in full to partial sun. Blooms May - November in my garden.


On Nov 13, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

This sage has stunning deep pink flower spikes that can reach a height of 20". Blooms June to July, then later in autumn, if deadheaded. Hummingbirds love it. Great for cut flowers, too.