Salvia sylvestris May Night

May Night Meadow Sage

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May Night is an outstanding perennial with excellent cold hardiness, vigor, and tolerance to heavy clay soils. Blooming in late spring with a profusion of deep purple flower spikes, it reblooms later in the summer when deadheaded.

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Zones 4 - 9
Advantages
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Bee Friendly
Bee Friendly
Rabbit Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
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SKU HBL6BXX
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1997 Perennial Plant of the Year Outstanding for its compact growth habit, profuse deep purple flower spikes and vigorous re-blooming nature. "May Night" thrives in hot, sunny planting sites. The first flush of flowers comes in late spring. Deadheading and a little extra watering ensure heavy re-blooming. Cut back in spring. (cutting propagated).
Associated SKUs
HBL6BXX
84780R (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
84780P (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
Common Name May Night Meadow Sage
Botanical Name Salvia sylvestris May Night
Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Purple
Mature Height 15-18" tall
Mature Spread 18" wide
Bloom Time Late spring to late summer
Ships As Potted Plant
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Average Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20", 20 to 30", 30 to 40"
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Bee Friendly, Rabbit Resistant, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Ideal Region Anywhere In The US, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Hot Desert, Northeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
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. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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High Country GardensSalvia sylvestris May Night
 
4.4

(based on 9 reviews)

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Healthy (8)
  • Attractive (6)
  • Hardy (6)
  • Accurate instructions (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Garden (7)
  • Outdoors (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Avid gardener (5), Master gardener (3)
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5.0

Thriving in my garden!

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from Vail Valley

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Pros

  • Accurate Instructions
  • Beautiful!
  • Healthy

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Garden

    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

    I have re-ordered this plant several times because the deer and rabbits ignore it and it thrives at 7,000 ft!

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    4.0

    Stayed small, but bloomed

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    from Durango CO

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    Pros

    • Hardy
    • Healthy

    Cons

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

      Not as showy as I expected

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not Robust

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      from Boise, Idaho

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      Pros

        Cons

        • Small In Size
        • Unattractive

        Best Uses

          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

          I'm wondering how many years it will take for this to look like the picture!

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Salvia Sylvestris

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          from Fayetteville, GA

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          Pros

          • Attractive
          • Healthy

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Garden

          Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

          I placed 6 of these plants in an arc in front of a large tree in my backyard. They grew very fast and looked great while they were growing, but once they reached their full height they tip over especially when they get wet. Maybe they would've done much better if I planted them next to one another, but I separated them by 18-24 inches and planted poker primrose in between each salvia. Once the primrose start growing I'll cut back the salvia to see if they will grow thicker or I'll see if there is a way to give them support so they don't tip over. Love their look anyway!

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          (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Easy color for hot, dry climate

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          from Texhoma, Tx

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          Pros

          • Accurate Instructions
          • Attractive
          • Hardy
          • Healthy

          Cons

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

              This plant is great for our hot, dry climate

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Best plants and service!

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              from Berthoud, Colorado

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              Pros

              • Accurate Instructions
              • Attractive
              • Hardy
              • Healthy
              • Versatile

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

                I am really pleased with the plants I ordered from High Country Gardens. The salvia sylvestris "May Night" is an easy to care for, colorful, and hardy plant here in Colorado. Lovely!

                HCG makes good suggestions for plants to use in my garden here in northern Colorado. I have followed their recommendations and planting directions and haven't had a problem yet.
                THANK YOU!

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The plants looked beautiful shortly after I planted them.

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                from Denton, TX

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                Pros

                • Attractive
                • Hardy
                • Healthy
                • Returned To Bloom 2015
                • Survived The Drought

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Garden
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

                  The plants are healthy and hardy. They survived the drought and the floods we are now having. They even bloomed this year.
                  They provide good color in the flower bed.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Just right for high altitude

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                  from Chama, NM

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                  Pros

                  • Accurate Instructions
                  • Attractive
                  • Fragrant
                  • Hardy
                  • Healthy
                  • Lightweight
                  • Versatile

                  Cons

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                    • Garden

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

                    Used plants in a new flower bed and am very pleased with the outcome

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                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Showy, long blooming and hardy

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                    from Grass Valley, CA

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                    Pros

                    • Accurate Instructions
                    • Attractive
                    • Attracts Pollenators
                    • Gorgeous Purple
                    • Hardy
                    • Healthy
                    • Long Blooming
                    • Reblooms
                    • Very Drought Resistant

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Borders
                    • Garden
                    • Outdoors
                    • Xeric Beds

                    Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris May Night:

                    Have used both on the San Francisco peninsula and in the Sierra foothills (VERY hot and dry in summer; possible snow in winter). Worked beautifully in both very different locations. The vivid purple is very striking. Many types of pollenators love it; it is constantly buzzing. Plus we have apiaries and the honeybees love it too. It is quite drought resistant. On the Peninsula I only had to water it every 10-14 days in the hottest summer. In the Foothills, I maybe have to water once a week in 90-100 degree weather.

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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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