Meadow Sage 'Bordeaux Rose' - compact, well branched and earlier flowering cultivar. Upright clumps, only 1-1.5" tall x 1' wide.
Rose-pink flowers, with a bit darker calyxes and very dark purple stems.
Starts flowering at the end of May, blooms for about 4 weeks. If cut back, plants can rebloom some in the middle of summer, but not as rich.
Full sun is the best, average soil or drained soils (including drier or naturally draining clayish soil).
Medium moisture to medium-dry to dry soils.
Pollinator friendly perennial - attracts butterflies and bees, due to aromatic leaves, deer and rabbit avoid it.Tolerates drought once established, does fairly well in heat and humidity as well.
Looks well in any sunny border, in private or public spaces, cottage gardens, pollinator gardens, bigger containers.
Goes well with medium grasses (Schizachyrium, Sporobolus) and with drought tolerant perennials like Asclepias tuberosa or Ascleapias verticillata, Eryngium, Coreopsis, Echinacea, Gaillardia, Gaura, Geranium sanquineum (and cultivars), Perovskia, Rudbeckia, Nepeta, Sedum, roses or daylilies.
Meadow sage is usually hybrid, also mentioned as Salvia x sylvestris = hybrids of two European species - S. nemorosa and Salvia pratensis, it is hardy in zones 4 to 9.
Pot size : square 3.5" x 5" deep pot
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