Salvia Caradonna


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Common Name: Sage
Size: 2-3 litre
Hardiness: H7
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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This plant has won a RHS award

2-3 Litre Pot

  • RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Position: Full sun
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Average
  • Flowering Period: June-October
  • Hardiness: H7
  • Eventual Height: 0.1-0.5m
  • Eventual Spread: 0.1-0.5m

Salvia Caradonna, also known as ‘Sage’ or ‘Balkan Clary’ and holder of the prestigious RHS Award of Garden Merit, is a popular clump forming herbaceous perennial plant that is prized for its strikingly beautiful, deep purple flowers and aromatic foliage. It belongs to the mint family, Lamiaceae, which also includes other popular garden herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and basil.

The plant typically grows to a height of 1/2 metre and has an upright, clumping growth habit. Its leaves are lance-shaped and grey green in colour, with a slightly rough texture. When brushed or crushed, the leaves emit a pleasant, spicy fragrance.  In mid to late Summer, it produces long, slender stems that are topped with dense spikes of deep purple flowers. The flowers are arranged in whorls around the stem, and their vibrant colour contrasts beautifully with the grey green foliage. The flowers are also highly attractive to bees, butterflies, and other pollinators.

In addition to its ornamental value, it also has several practical uses. The leaves can be harvested and dried for use in teas, culinary dishes, and herbal remedies. The plant is also deer-resistant, which makes it a great choice for gardeners who live in areas with high deer populations.

Overall, this is a beautiful and versatile plant that adds colour, fragrance, and interest to any garden. Whether you’re looking to attract pollinators, create a colourful border, or harvest fresh herbs, this is an excellent choice.

How to care for your Salvia Caradonna

  • Soil and Watering: Prefers well-drained soil and does not like to be overwatered. Allow the top inch of soil to dry out between waterings. During periods of drought, water deeply once a week. Avoid watering the leaves, as this can encourage fungal diseases.
  • Sunlight: Grows best in full sun, but it can also tolerate some light shade. In areas with hot Summers, some afternoon shade can help to prevent wilting.
  • Pruning: Prune in late Spring or early Summer, after the first flush of flowers. Cut back the spent flower spikes to the base of the stem to encourage further blooming. You can also prune the plant to maintain its shape and size.
  • Fertiliser: Does not require much fertiliser. However, you can apply a balanced fertiliser in the Spring to promote healthy growth and flowering.
  • Mulching: Mulch around the base of the plant with organic material such as compost or bark chips. This will help to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.

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