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Salvia nemorosa (common name: Woodland sage) is an upright type of salvia. Nemorosa comes from the Latin which means ‘forest’ which is a reference to where it was originally found. They have a wide range of flower colours that bloom from spring to late autumn with the foliage being aromatic, small, and deep green.

The species was discovered by George Bentham, the English botanist, dwhich iscovered this genus in 1836 making it one of the first salvias to be discovered. Salvia nemorosa is native to Europe and Western Asia, and was introduced in parts of North America as they had the perfect condition due to the woodland conditions they offer

Salvia nemorosa survives to around -15 and propagation is usually from cuttings taken during the growing season. Plant in a position that is well-drained and gets full-sun or partially-shaded exposures. Once established, the plant usually thrives on existing rainfall.

Prune this variety in April or when new shoots appear and the frost has gone and deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional bloom. Cuttings can be easily taken from May onwards, taking 8-10cm tips of new growth.

Some of the most popular Salvia nemorosa include:

  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Caradonna’
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Salvatore Blue’
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Marcus’
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Blue Hill’
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Rose Marvel’
  • Salvia nemorosa ‘Rianne’