• blooming purple flowers with attractive features on the salvia caradonna
  • close look at dark lavender purple on the salvia caradonna
  • salvia caradonna comes with dark purple stems as well as its flowers
  • Very soft light evergreen leaves appear on the salvia caradonna

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Salvia Caradonna

Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

Salvia Caradonna produces spikes of violet-blue flowers with purple-black stems. Gray-green fragrant foliage.

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Salvia Caradonna Plants for Sale Online

Salvia Caradonna’ is an erect, clump-forming perennial salvia that is noted for its dark purple stems and blue-violet flowers. It typically forms a foliage mound to 12 inches tall. Medium green leaves are aromatic when crushed. In summer, dense terminal spikes of violet-blue flowers rise above the foliage to 24 inches tall.

Salvia Caradonna is easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates drought. Prefers moist, gravelly, or sandy soils with good drainage. Plants may repeat bloom throughout the summer, but need regular moisture to encourage this. Remove spent flower spikes to help extend the bloom period.


Growzone: 4-9 Salvia Caradonna Hardiness Zones 4-9
Hardiness Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 1 to 2 feet
Mature Width: 1 to 2 feet
Sunlight: Full Sun
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Selling Points: Great Cut Flower, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Attracts Butterflies.

Additional Information

Plants may become somewhat floppy and open up as the summer progresses, particularly in humid climates. If plants flop or otherwise depreciate in summer to the point where they look unsightly, consider cutting them back to the basal foliage. In any event, cut plants back after flowering has concluded.

Flowers are attractive to bees and butterflies. Salvia Caradonna is a unique cultivar of the reliable genus and species Salvia nemorosa. The violet-blue flowers are similar to other cultivars of this species except they are held on purple stems that provide an added element of texture.

Salvia Caradonna reaches 18-24 inches tall, bearing flowers on sturdy stems during the summer months. It was discovered in Uchte, Germany, by Beate Zillmer of Zillmer Pflanzen and is suitable for production in USDA Zones 4-9. In the landscape, it is often used in borders and cut flower gardens where there is full sun to partial shade. We are confident that this will become a favorite plant in your garden.


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