Woodland Sage Salvia nemorosa Sensation Rose (Sensation Series)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Balkan clary [Sensation Rose]


The Salvia nemorosa Sensation Rose, also known simply as the Salvia, is a visually striking perennial that is part of the Sensation Series. This plant boasts vibrant rosy-pink flowers that are densely packed along spiky stems, creating a prominent and colorful statement in the garden. The blossoms themselves form a tubular shape which is particularly attractive to pollinators like bees and butterflies. These flowers rise above the foliage, which consists of an aromatic, grey-green color, with leaves that are lance-shaped and possess a slightly wrinkled texture. This juxtaposition of vivid blooms against the muted tones of the leaves adds depth and contrast to the overall appearance of the Salvia, making it a favorite amongst gardeners and landscape enthusiasts for creating pops of color in garden beds and borders. Its overall form is typically that of a clumping nature, with stems that branch upright and create a bushy appearance. The flowers have a prolonged blooming period, which adds to the Salvia's decorative appeal throughout the growing season.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Woodland Sage, Balkan Clary, Sensation Rose Meadow Sage.

    • Common names

      Salvia nemorosa Sensation Rose.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Salvia nemorosa, commonly known as Meadow Sage, is generally not considered highly toxic to humans. However, ingesting significant amounts of the plant may potentially cause gastrointestinal discomfort, including symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. It is important to note that individual reactions can vary, and while Meadow Sage is not known for severe toxicity, it is still advisable to avoid consuming any part of this ornamental plant. If someone ingests Meadow Sage and experiences adverse effects, it is recommended to seek medical advice.

    • To pets

      Meadow Sage is not known to be highly toxic to pets. However, as with many ornamental plants, it could cause mild gastrointestinal upset if ingested in large amounts. Symptoms might include vomiting or diarrhea, and these are usually self-limiting. If your pet consumes Meadow Sage and shows signs of illness, it is advisable to contact your veterinarian. Generally, keeping an eye on your pet and preventing them from eating large quantities of any non-food plants is the best practice to avoid any potential issues.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      Europe Asia


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Aesthetic Appeal: Adds vibrant color and visual interest to gardens with its rose-pink flowers.
    • Attracts Pollinators: Invites beneficial pollinators such as bees and butterflies, supporting biodiversity.
    • Drought Tolerance: Once established, it has low water requirements, making it suitable for xeriscaping.
    • Deer and Rabbit Resistance: Naturally resistant to grazing by deer and rabbits, helping to maintain its appearance.
    • Easy Maintenance: Generally easy to care for and does not require frequent maintenance or complex gardening skills.
    • Long Blooming Period: Offers a long flowering season from late spring to summer, providing extended garden interest.
    • Herbaceous Perennial: Comes back year after year, providing reliable foliage and blooms without replanting.
    • Compact Size: Its relatively small stature makes it suitable for planting in containers or small garden spaces.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Art and Photography: Salvia nemorosa Sensation Rose, with its vivid pink flowers, is often used as a subject in botanical art and photography, showcasing the beauty of garden plants.
    • Culinary Garnish: The colorful flowers can be used as a decorative garnish for salads and desserts, adding a unique flair to culinary presentations.
    • Educational Tool: It can be used by educators to teach about plant life cycles, pollination, and the importance of perennial plants in garden ecosystems.
    • Handmade Paper: The fibers from the stems of the plant can be incorporated into handmade paper-making processes for a textured and natural look.
    • Dye Source: The petals and possibly leaves could be used to produce natural dyes for textiles or crafts.
    • Floral Arrangements: The flowers provide a long-lasting option for cut flower arrangements, adding height and color to bouquets.
    • Aromatherapy: The aromatic leaves could be included in potpourri or herbal sachets for their pleasant scent.
    • Horticultural Therapy: The plant can be integrated into therapeutic gardening programs to improve wellbeing through engagement with nature.
    • Seasonal Celebrations: Its blooms can be used in seasonal wreaths and decorations, particularly during the spring and summer.
    • Wildlife Education: The plant can be used to create wildlife-friendly gardens, educating people on the importance of native plants for supporting local fauna like bees and butterflies.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Meadow Sage is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Healing: Members of the Salvia genus, often known as sage, have been associated with healing and have been used for their medicinal properties for centuries.
    • Wisdom: Sage is also synonymous with wisdom, derived from the Latin name 'Salvia' which stems from 'salvere', meaning 'to be saved' or 'to heal', indicating a deep connection to knowledge and learning.
    • Longevity: With their enduring and hardy nature, sage plants like the Salvia nemorosa represent longevity and the ability to thrive in diverse conditions.
    • Protection: Traditionally, sage has been used in various cultures for purification and protection against evil.
    • Persistence: The robustness of the Salvia nemorosa suggests persistence and the ability to withstand challenges.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Woodland Sage should be watered once a week, supplying about one inch of water each time. This perennial prefers evenly moist soil but can tolerate short periods of drought. During hot spells or in particularly sandy soils, it may require more frequent watering, perhaps twice a week. Allow the soil to dry out slightly between waterings to prevent root rot. It's best to water the base of the plant to avoid wetting the foliage, which can lead to fungal diseases.

  • sunLight

    The Woodland Sage thrives in full sun conditions, needing direct sunlight for at least six hours a day to perform its best. However, it can also tolerate partial shade, especially in the afternoon in regions with very hot summers. Avoid deep shade, as this can lead to poor flowering and a leggy growth habit. The ideal spot is an area with bright, unfiltered sunlight throughout the morning and early afternoon.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Woodland Sage prefers a temperate climate with temperatures ranging generally between 60 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit. It can tolerate minimum temperatures down to around 20 degrees Fahrenheit, making it a hardy plant that often survives winter in non-tropical zones. While the plant can cope with summer high temperatures well into the 80s or 90s Fahrenheit, it prefers cooler conditions and may require additional watering in excessive heat.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Woodland Sage promotes a second bloom in the season and helps maintain a compact, tidy habit. After the first flush of flowers fades, cut the plant back by one-third to one-half. This encourages new growth and a second round of blooming. Pruning should be done immediately after the first blooming cycle, usually in late spring or early summer, depending on the local climate.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Woodland Sage (Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Rose') thrives in well-draining, loamy soil with a pH range of 6.0 to 7.0. A soil mixture of garden soil, compost, and perlite can improve drainage and provide necessary nutrients. Regular mulching helps maintain moisture and soil structure.

  • plantRepotting

    Woodland Sage should be repotted every 1-2 years to replenish the soil and accommodate root growth. It's best done in the spring before new growth begins.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Woodland Sage prefers moderate humidity levels but is quite adaptable. It tolerates the humidity levels typically found in outdoor garden environments.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure bright light, well-draining soil, and air circulation for indoor Woodland Sage.

    • Outdoor

      Plant Woodland Sage in sun to part shade and well-draining soil.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA.

  • circleLife cycle

    Woodland Sage, Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Rose', begins its life cycle when seeds are sown in late winter or spring under cover, with germination occurring over the course of several weeks. Upon sprouting, the seedlings grow into young plants, developing a rosette of leaves at the soil level. With proper sunlight, water, and nutrients, the young plants mature and send up flower spikes from late spring to early summer, showcasing the vibrant pink-purple flowers that attract pollinators. After blooming, if seed heads are left on the plant, they may self-sow, dispersing seeds for the next generation. During autumn, as temperatures cool, the plant starts to go dormant, with the above-ground foliage dying back and the plant's energy retreating into the root system. Finally, in winter, the Woodland Sage remains dormant, resting until the following spring when the cycle resumes with fresh growth.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Propogation: The Salvia nemorosa 'Sensation Rose', commonly known as the Woodland Sage, is typically propagated by division, which is its most popular method. The best time for this process is in the early spring or fall when the plant is not in active bloom. To propagate by division, carefully dig up the entire clump of the Woodland Sage, making sure to keep a good amount of soil around the roots. Using a sharp spade or knife, split the clump into smaller sections, each with several shoots and a healthy portion of roots. Replant the divisions immediately at the same depth they were previously growing, spacing them 12 to 18 inches (about 30 to 45 centimeters) apart to allow adequate room for growth. Water the newly planted divisions thoroughly to help establish the plants. With proper care, these divisions will mature and flourish, expanding your garden's display of the vibrant pink blooms of the Woodland Sage.