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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

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Plant details

This new plant is attracting plenty of attention because of its dark striking stems topped by violet flowers from early to midsummer. Unlike many salvias it is perfectly hardy, its species parent being a native of central Europe and western Asia, and one of the first salvias grown in the UK. The leaves of both the species and 'Caraddona' are about 3cm long and half as wide, and finely toothed. It can either be grown amongst other upright plants, or be used to contrast with more angular, architectural groupings.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Salvia

Species: nemorosa

Cultivar: Caradonna

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Violet

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 75cm

Spread: 53cm

Time to divide plants: September to November

Time to take cuttings: March to April

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