This reliable cultivar adds rich blue tones to the Herbaceous Island Beds.
The genus Salvia is invaluable in the garden, numbering over 900 species of annuals, biennials, perennials and shrubs. In all species the flowers are 2-lipped, with an erect, hooded upper lib, and a spreading 2-toothed lower lip, and it is this characteristic, along with the scented foliage and often square stems which places them in the mint family, Lamiaceae. Salvia x superba is a hardy, herbaceous hybrid of S. nemerosa and S. pratensis, and ‘Mainacht’ is a clump-forming cultivar with erect terminal racemes of intense indigo-blue flowers, which contrast well with the deep green foliage. It was raised in Germany by Ernst Pagels in 1956.