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Salvia nemorosa is often confused with:
Salvia x digenea Salvia x superba
Native alternative(s) for Salvia nemorosa:
Salvia lyrata Salvia lyrata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Agastache 'Astello Indigo' Agastache 'Astello Indigo' flowers
Campanula medium Flowers
Heuchera sanguinea Heuchera sanguinea

Salvia nemorosa

Previously known as:

  • Sclarea nemorosa
  • Sclarea punctata
Description

A perennial salvia with showy purple flowers in the mint family.  It is easy to grow and propagates by seed or stem cuttings.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'May Night'
    Dark violet blue purple flowers in May-June
  • 'New Dimension Rose
    vivid rose pink flowers on upright 10-12" flower stalks.
Tags:
#bees#fragrant#hummingbirds#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#birds#drought tolerant#perennial#wildlife plant#nectar plant#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#multistemmed#dry soil tolerant#deer resistant#woodland#borders#sandy soil tolerant#clumping#spring nectar
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'May Night'
    Dark violet blue purple flowers in May-June
  • 'New Dimension Rose
    vivid rose pink flowers on upright 10-12" flower stalks.
Tags:
#bees#fragrant#hummingbirds#butterflies#sun#showy flowers#birds#drought tolerant#perennial#wildlife plant#nectar plant#low maintenance#rabbit resistant#multistemmed#dry soil tolerant#deer resistant#woodland#borders#sandy soil tolerant#clumping#spring nectar
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Salvia
    Species:
    nemorosa
    Family:
    Lamiaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Stem Cutting
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe and west-central Asia
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers attract bees, butterflies, hummingbirds.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 1 ft. 6 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 0 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Raceme
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Tubular
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    lavender to violet-blue flowers with reddish-purple bracts
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Lanceolate
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Square
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Walkways
    Woodland
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Small groups
    Attracts:
    Bats
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Songbirds
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Dry Soil
    Pollution
    Rabbits