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Caradonna Meadow Sage in landscape
Caradonna Meadow Sage potted on patio
Caradonna Meadow Sage closeup of purple-blue flowers
Caradonna Meadow Sage in landscape
Caradonna Meadow Sage potted on patio
Caradonna Meadow Sage closeup of purple-blue flowers



  • Late spring, striking violet purple flowers bloom on tall stems filled with clusters of of tiny blossoms
  • Aromatic foliage adds an attractive green accent throughout the season
  • Elegant and sophisticated in garden beds and patio containers
  • Caradonna will be a star in your perennial border with its upright habit and its summer flowers
  • The butterflies, hummingbirds and bees will all approve when you plant Salvia in your garden
  • Meadow Sage has aromatic leaves
  • Go ahead and crush a few in your hand to enjoy the scent
  • Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
  • Ships in a plant-safe designed box

    Growth Facts

    • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
    • Mature Height: 1-2' tall
    • Mature Width: 1-2' wide
    • Exposure: Full Sun
    • Spacing: 1-2' apart

    Caradonna Meadow Sage

    Bower & Branch Trees and Plants

    Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

    Regular price $64.00
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    Why the Caradonna Meadow Sage?

    Exquisite! Caradonna Salvia carries itself with style and grace. Bringing an important vertical element to the landscape, it offers svelte upright flower spikes lined with deep indigo-blue blossoms. Purple-black stems add definition to the plant in and out of bloom. But when is it not in bloom? Caradonna flowers for an incredibly long time—it begins in late spring and often continues the entire growing season! This splendid Spirit looks sharp in formal planting schemes, but it is equally at home in more naturalistic gardens and meadows. Adaptable, elegant, and ever-blooming. We love it.

    This species of Salvia, or Meadow Sage, is a wildflower that ranges from eastern Europe to western Siberia; it favors cool-summer climates. Meadow Sage grows most abundantly in sunny, dry meadows and forest edges in its homelands. Deer and other browsers avoid it because of the pungent smell of its leaves when crushed; it’s a member of the fragrant Mint family and is long-lived. Caradonna Salvia originated at Zillmer Nursery in Germany as a seedling of a pretty variety known as ‘Wesuve’. In 2000, it was named an Outstanding New Perennial by the International Hardy Plant Union.

    How to use in the landscape?

    Bring on the pollinators! Caradonna Salvia will welcome hummingbirds into your yard, as well as all sorts of hungry pollinators who do important work in the garden.

    Why Bower & Branch?

    We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.

    How To Plant

    Give Caradonna Salvia a position in all-day sun for maximum flower power. The soil should be free-draining and lean. Rich soil encourages floppy growth. Water regularly during establishment; less moisture will be needed in succeeding years. Deadhead (prune out spent flower spikes) to keep plants looking thrifty and to encourage new flower buds to form. Plants will often bloom until frost. Cut back old stems and foliage before new growth resumes in spring. Caradonna Salvia rarely needs dividing and may be left in place for many years.

    How To Water

    Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

    How To Fertilize

    Incorporate Elements Starter Plant food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant food granular form on an annual basis each late year. Continue this for three years to get your plant well established.

    How To Prune

    Each fall, just before winter sets in clean up the previous years foliage and compost it. Be sure your perennials are mulched well for winter protection. Two inches of an organic mulch will do the job. Consider leaving the plant debris in place through the winter and doing your clean up on the weather warms in the spring. While it doesn't make things neat and tidy, the debris provides overwintering protection for insects, their eggs and pupae including our native Viceroy butterfly.

    Planting Zones

    Hardiness Zone: 4-8

    How Does Shipping Work?

    Size Small (AAA), Medium (A2A), and Large (AA) plants (our Treelings, Shrubs, Bushes, and Perennials) will be shipped directly to your home by a common carrier. Ships in a plant-safe designed box within 5-7 business days.

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