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May Night Salvia
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May Night Salvia

Sweetly-Scented Foliage

Deep purple flower spikes soar 6-8 in. above blue-gray foliage in summer and last for weeks. Very low maintenance — growing to 18 in. tall in full sun. Winner of the Perennial Plant of the Year award in 1997. Zones 4-8.
This plant attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.



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  • Botanical Name: Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'
  • Height: 18 inches.
  • Spacing: 18 - 24 inches
  • Depth: Plant with crown of plant (where the roots meet the stems) at the soil level.
  • Spread: 18 - 24 inches.
  • Light Required: Full sun.
  • Color: Deep purple.
  • Foliage: Blue-gray lance-shaped leaves 3 inches in length.
  • Blooms: Initially early summer, repeating bloom all summer long.
  • Zone: 4 - 8.
  • Form: Erect mounding.
  • Flower Form: Erect flower spikes 6 - 8 inches tall.
  • Soil Requirements: Well-drained moderately rich soil.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate.
  • Pruning: Remove faded flower spikes to encourage rebloom.
  • Comments: This European variety is perfect in low beds or borders. Rich, lavender-blue blossoms. Plant 18" apart in sunny, well-drained site. Spikes of striking, rich purple adorn hardy plants for weeks in Summer; a magnet for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Aromatic foliage and very low maintenance. Perennial Plant of the Year 1997.

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