Caradonna Salvia

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Enticing blue-purple blooms! There is nothing as irresistible as a Perennial Salvia in full bloom! That is...when you are a butterfly! Some plants just "have it", and the award-winning cultivar Caradonna Salvia (Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna') received a double helping!

Strikingly modern Caradonna Salvia features glowing purple stems that are loaded with tiny, deep purple flowers. You'll enjoy the elegant blooms from early summer to frost, and so will all the Hummingbirds in your neighborhood. The mounds of textured gray-green are aromatic and look great as a backdrop to the spires of blooms!

Don't forget to trim the violet-blue flowers at their peak for effortless cut flower arrangements. Give each fragrant flower spike a bit of breathing room artistically in a tall, narrow'll look like a genius designer! The more you snip the more these fantastic flowering spires rebloom until frost! Hardy and easy to grow throughout USDA planting zones 4 to 9, Caradonna Meadow Sage blooms relentlessly!

Planting and Application:

Caradonna Salvia grows into a brilliant, low-maintenance groundcover to attract butterflies and support the nectar needs of beneficial pollinators. Trim your annual Victory Garden in a dressy low hedge of Caradonna Perennial Sage. You'll polish up the look, and entice pollinators to your flowering vegetable and fruiting plants at the same time!

Caradonna forms a natural mound and brings a sophisticated style when used in mass plantings! Fill an open sunny slope with its bold color. Hardy to mow hillsides and eroding slopes, filling them with easy-breezy color and beauty! Handling hell strips and Rock Gardens with their drought and heat resilience, but also work beautifully in Cottage Gardens and pampered landscapes!

Keep Caradonna Salvia in outdoor containers with plenty of drainage holes. Try a series of modern pots filled-to-bursting with these hardy perennial plants for an amazing feature that comes back year after year. Any sunny porch, patio, or even balcony garden can enjoy these pretty container-ready bloomers!

  • Purple Flowers Grow Along Tall, Purple Spikes
  • Grey-Green Mounds of Foliage
  • Attracts Hummingbirds & Butterflies
  • Compact Plant Fits in Small Space Gardens
  • Awarded Outstanding New Perennial by the International Hardy Plant Union

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Be sure to site these easy-to-grow Perennial Salvia in full sun and a spot with well-drained soils. Supply a moderate amount of water for best results, not allowing new plants to dry out between waterings during their first year. Although this durable plant is drought-tolerant once established. After, Caradonna Salvia are xeric plants and only need supplemental moisture during extended heat and drought.

Provide a dose of spring fertilizer and a 3-4 inch deep layer of mulch around the roots to keep soil moisture more consistent and insulate the roots. Salvia is a woody herbaceous perennial that looks best if the mounds of greenery are cut back in the late winter or early spring. Keep those bold blooms popping until fall with regular deadheading. These clumping perennials appreciate being divided every 3-5 years to keep them blooming and growing vigorously.

  • Great for Hot Full Sun Sites
  • Plant in Sharply Drained Soil
  • Moderate to Low Moisture Needs
  • Prune Back Late Winter or Early Spring
  • Deadhead To Encourage New Blooms Spring til Fall
  • Easy to Grow Plants & Deer Tend to Leave Them Alone

Make a visual splash this season! Order enough Caradonna Perennial Sage to complete your project from today! This esteemed, dark purple cultivar is in high demand by picky professional garden designers!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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Caradonna Salvia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 18 - 24 inches
Mature Spread 18 - 24 inches
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Deep Purple
Foliage Color Gray Green
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes