Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

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Buy Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna' Balkan clary: Slender spires of dazzling blooms

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: light, moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to October
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Above the compact mound of aromatic, grey-green foliage, purple-black stems arise from early summer bearing rich, violet-blue flowers. A vibrant and long-flowering addition to the border, they look spectacular when planted with rich plums and pinks as well as smokey purples.

  • Garden care: To prolong flowering remove the flower spikes as soon as they start to fade. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.

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Notes on Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

"Sensational deep-purple flowers borne on black stems - a must among silvers - and a new star of the sunny border"

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Excellent plant, mine are still flowering in December, and especially after snow and frost, they are not phased at all while the other herbaceous perennials are dying back for the winter.




Bought to add to others already in the garden


I use salvias to contrast flower shapes in the border

Avid gardener





I used the plants to mix them with total tangerine around the bottom of my olive tree .


Mid Glamorgan


Stunningly effective


Lovely mid-height sage that gives deep colour to a summer border. Plant next to lavender and calendula for colour and contrast.




I would buy this again


Flowers for a long time and looks great among other perennials.






Thriving in my garden...very happy with my purchase.




Lovely colours


These add lovely colour amidst my grasses




Would buy again.


Creating wildlife friendly garden.


Western Lake District.


Great reliable plant


Love Salvias, great perennial plants and georgeous colour




Long flowering


I planted several of these Salvias with Anthemis Tinctoria.The purple/deep blue spires complimented the buttery yellow of the Anthemis beautifully.They flowered over a long period and were taller than expected.Looking forward to them bushing out more in their second Summer.

Busy Lizzy



Salvia nemorosa Caradonna

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What is your definition of full sun, part shade, light shade, shade? is the a rough guide in terms of how many hours of sunlight a border receives?


I'm afraid there are no hard and fast rules here, however full sun would generally refer to a spot that gets more than 6 hours of direct sun each day (when measured at midsummer), while partial shade would typically refer to a spot that receives anywhere between three and six hours sun each day.


Please could you tell me a good planting distance for my 'caradona' that have arrived in 2 litre pots?


It really depends on the effect you are trying to create, but keep in mind that each plant will eventually have a spread of around 30cm, so if you are trying to create a solid block of colour, then I would plant them at around 25cm intervals.


Why does my salvia caradonna flop over and/or lay on the ground? It is in a west facing bed that gets sun.


Hello, If none of the stems are damaged, then I suspect this is because the plant only gets the sun from one direction and it is growing towards it.


my plants leaves are going yellow from the ground up. i read somewhere that this may be due to overwatering so i cut down on that but the leaves are still looking crispy. they are all in 5" pots on my balcony. how often should i be watering them?


Hello there It could be over watering or under watering it is hard to say, but 5" pots are not very big. I would plant them up into larger containers and then keep the soil moist. Plants in pots will dry out fast particularly with this hot weather we are having. Hope this helps.

I bought 2 plants both in 9cm pots including this Salvia, please advise if it would be better to grow them on in the pots in the unheated green house during the winter and plant them out next spring or just plant them out now? Thanks.


Hello, These plants are fully hardy, so I would advise planting them straight out in the garden now. Just keep an eye out for slugs and snails next year when the new foliage is emerging!


I'm confused about the height of this variety now. The eventual height and spread on the webpage says 30cm x 30cm but thee answer above suggests a much more substantial eventual 75cm. Any comments on who I should believe? Thanks


Hello, I'm sorry for any confusion. The eventual height of these wonderful perennials can vary as it can range from between 30 - 60cm in height (I think the 75cm quoted below is a slight exaggeration).


Salvia suggestion please Please could you advise me? I am looking to use a Salvia to plant with Buxus balls, Hakonechloa and Lavender. I need a strong, long flowering and easy caring Salvia variety that will not grow too tall. Your advise would be invaluable Thank you Jackie

jackie middleton

Hello Jackie, Salvia nemorosa Caradonna probably has the longest flowering period, but it does get to 75cm tall - just click on the following lin to go straight to it. If that is too tall, then Saliva nemorosa Ostfriesland may be a better option I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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