1997 Perennial Plant of the Year

Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'

Sage-Meadow

Photo Credit: Walters Gardens


Salvia nemorosa 'May Night'

Sage-Meadow

Our #1 selling Salvia. This classic, award-winning perennial bears vibrant violet purple flower spikes which appear just in time for spring sales. It forms a sturdy clump of aromatic, gray-green foliage that is rarely bothered by deer; pollinators adore its plentiful blooms. Responds well to shearing to promote rebloom.

Plant Details

  • Zone: 3 - 8
  • Height: 18-24"
  • Spread: 12-18"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Early Summer, Late Spring
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: Purple Shades, Violet Shades
  • Fragrant: Yes
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Not native to North America
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: Yes
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: Yes
  • Attracts hummingbirds: Yes
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Plant Details

  • Zone: 3 - 8
  • Height: 18-24"
  • Spread: 12-18"
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Soil Moisture: Low Water Needs, Moderate Water Needs
  • Drought tolerant: No
  • Bloom time: Early Summer, Late Spring
  • Foliage Color: Green Shades
  • Flower Color: Purple Shades, Violet Shades
  • Fragrant: Yes
  • Good Cut Flower: Yes
  • Native: Not native to North America
  • Bee-friendly: Yes
  • Deer resistant: Yes
  • Rabbit resistant: Yes
  • Attracts butterflies: Yes
  • Attracts hummingbirds: Yes
  • Groundcover: No
  • Roy Diblik Favorite: No

Grower Information

Salvia is an excellent crop for late spring to early summer sales. Plant the plugs in spring and grow them under poly to protect against excessive spring rains. The crop will grow best in moist, well-drained soil and does not tolerate overly moist or wet conditions which promote crown and root rots. Once established, finish with average to dry moisture levels. Removing spent flowers will encourage a longer season of bloom.

  • PowerPlug Size(s): 32s, 72 Deep
  • Optimal Planting Time: Spring
  • Retail Sales Window: Spring, Summer
  • Moisture in Production: Average, Low
  • Requires Shade in Production: No
  • Vernalization Required for Bloom: No
  • Vernalization Beneficial: Yes