Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'

6 × 9cm pots £35.94 £17.97
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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 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"

Nice quality plants arrived well packed and ready to plant


Healthy and well grown plants




i would buy again


looks good in the garden and the bees love it


east yorkshire


Would buy again






Every garden should have this


I wanted a pollinator plant with height & structure. This fitted the bill perfectly




I would buy this product again


I bought about 5 plants and they all survived and thrived in various parts of the garden., both in partial shade and full light. With regular dead heading they provided colour right the way through to the end of October.




Pretty plant but slugs like it


A good plant for a sunny border. They are a bit difficult to get going in a wet spring as the slugs like to eat the leaves, sometimes killing plants entirely, but otherwise a pretty and easy to grow plant.

Wildlife gardener



Wildlife magnet!


Caradonna is particularly pretty in combination with pale blue catmint and delphiniums. It doesn't repeat as well as Mainacht but it flowers abundantly and for a reasonably long time. The deep rich purple compliments the cool blues, reds and pinks of other salvias and roses but it works with contrast colours too, especially orange. Easy and trouble free and very popular with bees of all kinds.




Love the rich dark blue colour and its loved by the bees


Love this plant it flowers for a long period in the summer and looks great planted with my Geum totally tangerie love the contrast of the rich blue and orange of the Geum. Its also buzzing with bees when its in full flower. Flowered well even in its first year after planting.

Stevie D

Dover, Kent


Fantastic pant.


Got 3 of these last year in 9cm pots and they've been fantastic. Very healthy plants, which grew to a mature size in no time and were flowering all summer long and into frost. Very attractive to need.




Marvellous plant


Marvellous, strong blue that doesnt get too high so no staking required. Hardy and seemingly rabbit proof





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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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