Caradonna Sage Plants

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General Info RHS AGM, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun
Area Coastal Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Alkaline/Chalky
Colour Purple
Type Pot Grown
Ornamental Repeat Flowering
Flowering Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Salvia nemorosa Caradonna

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Salvia nemorosa 'Caradonna'. 2 Litre Potted Plants

Caradonna sage is a bestseller due to her reliable, fairly long flowering season of vivid, rich purple-blue flowers that stand out from the dark purple flower stalks, waving in the breeze over the grey-green deciduous foliage. To 50cm tall.

Browse our range of Salvia varieties or all of our perennial plants.


  • Colour: Violet-blue flowers on deep purple stems.
  • Flowering: June-October
  • Foliage: Mid green
  • To 50 x 30cm
  • Full sun, sheltered site
  • Any well drained soil, likes chalk
  • RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • RHS Award of Garden Merit

Growing Caradonna Sage

Salvias need close to full sun, and will grow near the coast in exposed locations. They are fully hardy, although their flowering season will be shortened somewhat in cold and windy places. They are happy on chalk, and like a light, well-drained but moist soil enriched with humus that doesn't remain wet in winter, so heavy clay is not good. They are perfect for a Mediterranean or gravel garden, and are great in large containers. Established plants are drought resistant, but still want fairly consistent moisture in dry summer periods to flower really well.
They are perfect for a Mediterranean or gravel garden, and are great in large containers.

Deadhead promptly to get the most from the flowering season. Leave the withered foliage on the plants overwinter for protection, and trim them after the last spring frost, right down to new growth.

Mulch lightly every year or two, ideally after a heavy spring rain when the soil has warmed up. Salvias don't need much fertility, so a little help goes a long way.

In Your Garden Design

A salvia ... dear ... to garden designers. She is as comfortable in a traditional herbaceous border as she is in a contemporary Piet Oudolf style prairie scheme. The rich dark flowers would look good combined with stipa tenuissima and a few pink penstemons such as Hidcote Pink or Evelyn. Alternatively for a really lovely English cottage garden look, combine with a blousy, scented rose such as St Ethelburga.

There are great swathes of Salvia Caradonna at RHS Garden Wisley in Surrey, paired with pale pink roses and dark purple heuchera. To replicate this, we suggest Rosa Bonica combined with Heuchera Black Pearl.

Did You Know?

Commonly known as Balkan Clary or Woodland Sage and was formerly classified as Salvia x sylvestris. Caradonna is easily understood as Dear Lady in Italian, and that was probably the intention when naming this Salvia, however, it also a Calabrian surname, a variant spelling of Ceradonna, which is a frazione, village district, of the joint municipality of Corigliano-Rossano, which was established by referendum in 2018.

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