Salvia × sylvestris 'Mainacht' MAY NIGHT

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 12 Professionals
Common Name: wood sage
Type: Herbaceous perennial
Family: Lamiaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 1.50 to 2.00 feet
Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet
Bloom Time: May to June
Bloom Description: Deep violet-blue
Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry to medium
Maintenance: Low
Flower: Showy, Good Cut
Leaf: Fragrant
Attracts: Hummingbirds
Tolerate: Deer, Drought, Dry Soil


Easily grown in average, dry to medium, well-drained soil in full sun. Tolerates very light shade. Also tolerates drought. Appreciates cool evenings.

Noteworthy Characteristics

This clump-forming, compact salvia features numerous, dense, upright, spike-like racemes of tiny, two-lipped, deep violet-blue flowers which rise above gray-green foliage to a height of 18-24". Flowers bloom in May and June and may rebloom sporadically into late summer if faded flowers are promptly cut back. Excellent fresh cut flower. A mint family member which is slightly aromatic when crushed and is attractive to bees and butterflies. Perennial Plant Association Plant of the Year (1997).


No serious insect or disease problems. Susceptible to leaf spot and rust and sometimes visited by whitefly and scale.

Garden Uses

Deep violet-blue color provides excellent contrast in the perennial border. Very effective in combination with pink flowering plants such as old roses and peonies.