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Caradonna Sage

Salvia x sylvestris 'Caradonna'

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Caradonna Sage (Salvia x sylvestris 'Caradonna') at Tagawa Gardens

Caradonna Sage in bloom

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Caradonna Sage (Salvia x sylvestris 'Caradonna') at Tagawa Gardens

Caradonna Sage flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Caradonna Sage (Salvia x sylvestris 'Caradonna') at Tagawa Gardens

Caradonna Sage in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  30 inches

Spacing:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Perennial Salvia, Salvia x superba

Ornamental Features

Caradonna Sage has masses of beautiful spikes of royal blue flowers rising above the foliage from late spring to early summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its fragrant narrow leaves remain green in color throughout the season. The burgundy stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Caradonna Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cleaned up in early spring before it resumes active growth for the season. It is a good choice for attracting bees, butterflies and hummingbirds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Caradonna Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Caradonna Sage will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by cuttings; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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