Meadow sage

Salvia nemorosa 'Rosenwein'

Meadow sage - Salvia nemorosa  'Rosenwein'

Common Name: Meadow sage
Genus: Salvia
Species: nemorosa
Cultivar: 'Rosenwein'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Good for wildlife

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.60 m (60 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.40 m (40 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, Red
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: July to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Rosenwein translates to ‘Rose Wine’ and this pretty much describes the colour of the flowers. They emerge from deep pink (almost red) buds and open to shades of rose pink and cover the neat mound forming foliage in summer. This is a particularly pretty variety that flowers profusely when it gets lots of sun. Often found growing in dry meadows it is quite tolerant of drought once it has settled in. Plant it with ornamental grasses in a naturalistic scheme or put it near the front of a mixed border where it can easily be admired. The flowers spikes can be used in cut flower arrangements.

  • Garden care: To prolong flowering remove the flower spikes as soon they start to fade. Cut back all the stems after they have finished flowering and apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring.



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