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Salvia (Meadow Sage) nemorosa 'East Friesland'
Item SL560

'East Friesland' is a spectacular source of dark, intense color and narrow, vertical form and it is a wonder in the front of the border. It is an erect, clump-forming perennial salvia that is noted for its compact form, long bloom period, purple stems and violet-purple flowers. It typically forms a foliage mound to 10" tall. Wrinkled, lance-shaped, light green leaves (to 4" long) are aromatic. Dense terminal spikes of violet-purple flowers rise above the foliage to 18" tall over a long June to September bloom period. The flowers are so attractive to butterflies and hummingbirds, making it a joy to have around. The Perennial Sages are invaluable perennials for their rich display in the border. This is a marvelous plant for the perennial border, a cottage garden, the butterfly gardens or a wild garden. It makes an excellent plant for cutting. Interesting accent. Salvia_east_friesland4.jpg

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Size: #1 · Hardiness: Zones 4-8

Common: Meadow Sage · Exposure: Full Sun

Botanical: Salvia nemorosa 'Ostfriesland' East Friesland

Family: Lamiaceae

Height: 12-18" · Spacing: 12"

Bloomtime: June-September · Foliage: Medium Green Leaves

Flower: Deep Violet-Purple

Pests: No serious insect or disease problems. Some susceptibility to powdery mildew, leaf spot and rust. White fly and scale are occasional insect pests.

Notes: Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates drought. Prefers moist, gravelly or sandy soils with good drainage. Plants may repeat bloom throughout the summer, but need regular moisture to encourage this. Remove spent flower spikes to help extend the bloom period. Plants may become somewhat floppy and open up as the summer progresses, particularly in humid climates. If plants flop or otherwise depreciate in summer to the point where they look unsightly, consider cutting them back to the basal foliage. In any event, cut plants back after flowering has concluded. 'East Friesland' plants are sterile and do not set seed.

Planting instructions: May be planted in any well-drained soil. Dig a hole large enough to encompass the roots without bending or circling. Set the plant in place so the crown (part of the plant where the root meets the stem) is about 1-2 inches below the soil surface. Cover with soil to the original soil surface and water thoroughly.


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