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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 strong vertical habit and is a superb nectar source for honeybees.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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from Prescott, AZ
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Comments about High Country Gardens Salvia sylvestris Caradonna:
To its credit it took a full two seasons to completely perish. And it resisted furry nibbling creatures for that whole time. These factors make it better than at least half of the plants I've purchased from HCG in the last three years. It built up to a plant six inches across and twelve inches high in bloom and produced one threadlike spike of flowers. And then, I think, it expired.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Goldfinches adore it.
from New Berlin WI
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great Sage variety
By Prineville Sage
from Prineville, Oregon
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.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
A little disappointing
from Baltimore, MD
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The flavor of the leaves in cooking was wonderful, but the plant didn't really grow much and it never flowered.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
BEAUTIFUL PLANT, STRONG PERFORMER
By PLANT LOVER
from ERDA, UTAH
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.
Front of the border beauty
from Russellville, Arkansas
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.
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.
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