Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’-Meadow Sage

Salvia pratensis Fashionista™ ‘Midnight Model’ after I brought them home on 6-7-18, #455-21.

Meadow Sage

Salvia pratensis

Salvia Fashionista™ ‘Midnight Model’

SAL-vee-uh  pray-TEN-sis

Salvia pratensis L. is the correct and accepted scientific name for this species of Salvia. The species and the genus were described by Carl von Linnaeus in the first edition of Species Plantarum in 1753. Plants of the World Online by Kew lists 975 accepted species of Salvia.

Part of the FASHIONISTA™ Collection introduced by Walters Gardens.

 

Flowers of the Salvia pratensis Fashionista™ ‘Midnight Model’ on 6-7-18, #455-22.

I bought two Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ from Wildwood Greenhouse on June 7, 2018. I put them in the bed on the south side of the house where they will be in full sun. I had never grown any Salvia pratensis and I thought they would be good in the bed on the south side of the house. I always like trying new Salvia species and cultivars.

 

Salvia pratensis Fashionista™ ‘Midnight Model’ in the south bed on 6-14-18, #459-55.

The above photo shows the new Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ in their spot in the bed on the south side of the house.

USEFUL INFORMATION:
Family: Lamiaceae
Origin: Cultivar by Walters Gardens.
Species Native To Parts of Europe, western Asia, and northern Africa.
Zones: USDA Zones 3-9b (-40 to 25° F)
Size: 20-24” tall x 20-22” wide
Light: Sun
Soil: Average, well-drained
Water: Average. Regular watering promotes better flowering.
Attracts: Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ flowers on 6-14-18, #459-66.

The flowers of the Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ are really neat. The upper lip looks kind of like a hook.

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 7-4-18, #469-32.

One of the plants isn’t doing so well…

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 7-13-18, #477-15.

One of the plants is still struggling while the other one keeps looking good.

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ lowers on 7-13-18, #477-16

Another close up of the flowers.

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 7-30-18, #488-16.

It appears the struggling plant has come back to life. One thing is for sure, the Salvia pratensis is definitely one you need to keep deadheaded for continual flowering.

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 8-11-18, #494-10.

Even after a long, hot, and dry summer, the Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ is still looking good.

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 8-26-18, #499-35.

I am running out of words…

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 9-9-18, #505-30.

Even though the Celosia argentea var. spicata ‘Cramer’s Amazon’ has at times nearly covered it up, the Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ performed GREAT. When many plants have started fizzling out at the end of summer, it keeps on going…

 

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Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 4-7-19, #558-29.

I was very happy to see the Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ survived the winter. Even the plant that struggled at one point last summer came back up/. 🙂

 

Salvia pratensis ‘Midnight Model’ on 4-20-19, #560-33.

While one of the plants is larger than the other, just like last year, the smaller one flowered first.

Information online says Salvia pratensis is easy to grow in average, well-drained soils. They are drought tolerant but regular watering promotes better flowering along with deadheading. 

Plants may flop as summer progresses and may need to be cut back to the basal leaves. Plants should also be cut back after flowering.

There are several cultivars of Salvia pratensis with other flower colors

This is the first I have grown this species and cultivar, so I don’t have a lot of experience to share yet. I will continue adding photos and information as time goes by.

There isn’t much online about growing the Salvia pratensis Fashionista™ ‘Midnight Model’ but maybe there will be in time.

I hope you enjoyed this page and maybe found it useful. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions, I would like to hear from you. Please click on “like” if you visited this page. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. 🙂 You can check out the links below for further reading. The links take you directly to the genus and species of this plant. If you notice I made an error, please let me know.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
MISSOURI BOTANICAL GARDEN
DAVE’S GARDEN
THE NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION

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