Salvia sylvestris Caradonna

Caradonna Blue Sage

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Caradonna is a beautiful Old World sage with tall, very dark purple flower stems and stunning blue-violet flowers. The plant has a strongly vertical habit and is a superb nectar source for honeybees. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).

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$10.99
per plant - 5" deep pot
Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
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Size Plant - 5" deep pot
SKU 84782

Details

24" tall x 18" wide (cutting propagated). 'Caradonna' is a distinctive, award winning cultivar developed at Zillmer Nursery in Germany. Unique with its tall, very dark purple flower stems and stunning blue-violet flowers, 'Caradonna' blooms for many weeks beginning in late spring. The nemorosa type sages thrive in a wide range of soils (including clay), and provide a strong vertical element with their uniformly upright flower spikes. They thrive with minimal care. Prune to shape. Remove the flowering spikes after blooming
SKU 84782
Common Name Caradonna Blue Sage
Botanical Name Salvia sylvestris Caradonna
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 24" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to early summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer
Soil Type Clay Soil, Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40" (with care)
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Fragrant Flower / Foliage
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada No

Planting Guides

Tips For Growing Salvia

Salvia (commonly referred to as ‘Sage’) represent a huge family of ornamental plants that attract a variety of pollinators to their nectar rich flowers. They are resistant to deer and rabbits.

  1. Plant in full sun.
  2. Plant native Western Salvia varieties in soil that is low fertility and well-drained.
  3. Plant Old World Salvia in a wide range of soils (loams, sand) including clay.
  4. Many spring-flowering varieties of sage will re-bloom in fall if deadheaded after the first bloom.
  5. New transplants need regular irrigation their first growing season to establish themselves. Once established they will need regular, deep irrigation during hot, dry weather.
  6. During fall garden clean-up, wait to cut back the plants until spring for improved cold hardiness.
  7. In colder USDA zones (zone 6 and below) it is essential to give Native Southwestern and Southwestern hybrids protection from the extreme cold their first couple winters in the garden. Mound up pine needles or fallen autumn leaves over and around the base of the plant.

Western Native Salvia: : It is from the Western US that we find our most beautiful native salvia species. For attracting hummingbirds, there are no finer flowers than the Western native sages. Typically, this group of Salvia prefer ‘lean’ (not very fertile), well drained soils. They will grow in dry clay conditions in arid climates but will rot out in clay soils where there is more than about 15 to 18” of precipitation annually.

Western Salvia include:

  • Salvia greggii - ‘Furman’s Red’, ‘Cold Hardy Pink’
  • Salvia hybrids - ‘Maraschino’, ‘Raspberry Delight’, ‘Ultra Violet’ and ‘Burgundy Seduction’.
  • Salvia pachyphylla and Salvia dorrii is recommended for arid western gardens.
  • Salvia azurea and Salvia reptans - Early fall bloomers with excellent cold hardiness.

To get established in USDA zones 5 & 6, Western Salvia (noted above) must be planted in spring or early summer, not in the fall. Protect your new plants over their first winter or two in your garden. Cover each plant with a generous pile of clean straw or pine needles. This allows the plant's crown (junction of root and branches) to mature and obtain maximum cold hardiness.

Old Wolrd Salvia: The Old World Salvia include some of the very best, most durable, longest-lived perennials. These salvia are an excellent choice for gardeners across most of the United States. ‘Old World’ Sages bloom primarily in shades of blue, pink and white. They are well adapted to cold climates and a wide range of soils including clay. The European Salvia are incredibly attractive to honey bees, many of our native bees and bumble bees as well as butterflies.

Old World varieties include:

  • Salvia syslvestris'Lyrical Rose', 'May Night', 'Little Night', 'Caradonna' and 'Marcus'.
  • Salvia daghestanica
  • Salvia verticiliata

More in-depth guidance for growing Salvia: Planting Nectar Rich Salvia to Attract Pollinators to the Garden, Sage Advice, The Spectacular Salvia and Cold Hardy, Late Summer / Early Fall Blooming Sages.


View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.

Shipping

Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Fall shipping begins the week of September 6, zones 3-4 first. Most plant orders arrive within 3-5 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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4.6

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5.0

Goldfinches adore it.

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from New Berlin WI

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  • Hardy
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    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Caradonna:

    I love the color and height of Cardonna. The goldfinch population comes by after seeds form and eat the seeds like corn on the cob.

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    5.0

    Great Sage variety

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    from Prineville, Oregon

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Caradonna:

      I use salvia for the intense blue tone, the spiky texture in the garden and especially to attract bees and hummingbirds. Central Oregon is high desert sage country, and Caradonna did very well, in spite of the very tough hot, drought conditions.

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      3.0

      A little disappointing

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      from Baltimore, MD

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Caradonna:

      The flavor of the leaves in cooking was wonderful, but the plant didn't really grow much and it never flowered.

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      5.0

      BEAUTIFUL PLANT, STRONG PERFORMER

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      from ERDA, UTAH

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Caradonna:

        I HAVE PURCHASED SEVERAL OF THESE PLANTS FROM HIGH COUNTRY GARDENS AND ALL HAVE DONE WELL. THEY ARE NOT EASY TO FIND IN OTHER NURSERIES. THEIR PURPLE STEMS ARE STRONG, AS WELL AS STRIKING. THE PLANT IS LARGE, EXTREMELY FLORIFEROUS, AND IS A BEE MAGNET.

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        5.0

        Front of the border beauty

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        from Russellville, Arkansas

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Caradonna:

          Caradonna is an upright, perky plant! The flower stems are narrow, but plentiful, and the deep purple color blends nicely with the lighter blues of catmint and Russian sage. It is a beautiful plant for the front of the garden.

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          USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

          To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

          • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
          • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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