Salvia 'Caradonna' Description
Enjoy the season's hottest color with perennial salvia
Upright purple stems give way to numerous, rich, violet-purple flower spikes in early summer. A powerful and rich color for the sun perennial border. Blooms in early summer and goes all summer long. Attractive upright habit doesn't bend over in the rain. Grows 24" tall. Leaves have a pleasing aroma when crushed.
This color is hard to find in other perennials and has some great qualities: Heat and humidity tolerant, long blooming and irresistible to butterflies and hummingbirds.
The leaves have a pleasing aroma when crushed.
Plant Salvia Caradonna in normal, well drained soil. They do their best in full sun. Salvias will bloom much longer in the season if deadheaded.
Cutting flowers for bouquets encourages new flower buds for a prolonged flowering performance.
Designing with salvia
Dark spires combine well with mound forming plants such as coreopsis. Pair with yellow foliage berberry, sedum Angelina, or rose Yellow Knock Out. Pair with white flowers such as Campanul Rapido series White or echinacea White Swan. Silver foliage plants such as artemisia Powis Castle or silver mound bring out the bold colors.
Special features: Attracts butterflies, Cut flower, Deer resistant, Drought tolerant, Easy care, Heat tolerant, Attracts hummingbirds, Reblooming
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Soil: Average, dry to medium, well-drained soil. Prefers moist, gravelly or sandy soils with good drainage.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Water: Dry to medium -- Plants may repeat bloom throughout the summer, but need regular moisture to encourage this.
Spacing: 1 - 2 ft
Fertilizing: Apply a slow release, balanced, granular fertilizer in spring as new growth emerges.
Winterizing: No special care needed. Many gardeners allow the spent foliage to stand until spring, and remove it when new growth emerges.
Maintenance & pruning: Remove spent flower spikes to help extend the bloom period. Plants may become somewhat floppy and open up as the summer progresses, particularly in humid climates. If plants flop or otherwise depreciate in summer to the point where they look unsightly, consider cutting them back to the basal foliage.
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