Woodland Sage

Salvia nemorosa | Also known as: Meadow Sage, Balkan Clary | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A striking addition to any garden, Salvia nemorosa is a woody perennial with a central stalk that is laced heavily with purple blossoms, and with enough clumped together, a sleepy purple haze is created. Depending on the variety, the flowers can be violet, purple, white or pink, so the spectacle can become even more remarkable. Known as the Woodland Sage, it is one of the hardiest of its type, surviving even harsh winters. It has dull green foliage and is adaptable to most soil types but prefers moist yet well-drained areas. It’s excellent for beautifying barren slopes, rockeries and gravel beds.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.6
Dominant flower colour
  • Varies
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
  • Early autumn
  • Mid autumn
  • Late autumn
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • softwood cuttings
  • seed
  • basal cuttings
  • division
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Bushy
  • Erect
  • Upright
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z5-9
Heat zone
  • H9-5
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -29 - -1
Heat days
  • 30 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Perennials
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and aromatic foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
  • Tough survivors
Garden type
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years
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