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Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'

  • Common Name
    Meadow Sage
  • CA Native
    Non-native
  • Plant Type
    Perennial
  • Size
    18" x 24"
  • Flower Color
    Violet-Blue
  • Bloom Time
    • Fall
    • Summer
  • Leaves
    Dark Green, Lance-Shaped, Aromatic
  • Evergreen
    Deciduous
  • Deer Resistant
    Rarely Damaged
  • Wildlife Value
    • Attracts Beneficial Insects
    • Bees
    • Butterfly & Other Insect Nectar
    • Hummingbirds
  • Growth Rate
    Fast
  • Hardiness
    Hardy
  • Adverse Growth Factors
    None
  • Special Features
    • Low Maintenance
    • Showy Flowers
  • Water Use
    • Low
  • Soil pH
    5.5-6.4 (acid)
  • Exposure
    • Full Sun
  • Soil Type
    Not Particular
  • Drainage
    Good Drainage
  • Description and Cultural Plant Tips

    This cultivar has long spikey blooms of violet-blue on long purple-red stems. It was named "Plant of the Year" in 1997 by the Perennial Plant Association. This is a compact plant that will bloom all summer into the fall if deadheaded regularly. 'May Night' flowers can be used in cut flower arrangements and the fragrant dried leaves can be used in potpourri. The tender, young leaves can also be used in salads. Looks good in perennial borders, rock gardens, mass plantings and containers. Plant with Achillea 'Moonshine' or Gaura and pink Coneflowers for long term color show.

    Plant in a sunny, well-drained part of your garden slightly above soil grade. Make sure you deadhead spent flowers to keep this plant blooming.

    This plant is very attractive to bees, butterflies and other nectar-eating insects.

    No serious pests or diseases.

  • Master Gardener Comments

    This is one of the workhorses of my garden. The first bloom is really impressive and will continue to bloom into the fall if deadheaded.

  • Varietals

    S. nemorosa 'Caradonna' - regal purple colored flowers