Salvia Varieties: nemorosa


Salvia nemorosa, commonly known as Woodland Sage, is an upright variety with a name derived from the Latin term “nemorosa,” meaning ‘forest,’ a nod to its original habitat. Known for its aromatic, small, deep green foliage, Salvia nemorosa boasts a wide range of flower colors that bloom from spring to late autumn.

Discovered by George Bentham, an English botanist, in 1836, Salvia nemorosa stands as one of the first salvias to be explored. Native to Europe and Western Asia, this species found its way to parts of North America, thriving in woodland conditions.

Key Features:

  • Hardiness: Salvia nemorosa can withstand temperatures as low as -15 degrees Celsius.
  • Propagation: Typically propagated from cuttings taken during the growing season.
  • Planting: Thrives in well-drained soil and can be planted in positions with full sun or partial shade.
  • Rainfall: Once established, the plant often sustains itself on existing rainfall.

Cultivation Tips:

  • Pruning: Prune in April or when new shoots emerge after the frost has passed. Deadhead spent flowers to encourage additional blooms.
  • Cuttings: Easily propagate through cuttings taken from May onwards, using 8-10cm tips of new growth.

Popular Varieties of Salvia nemorosa:

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

These popular varieties exhibit the charm and diversity that make Salvia nemorosa a beloved choice in gardens and landscapes.