Salvia sclarea

Biennial clary

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Hardy annual

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photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (259553)

Plant details

Found growing wild from Europe to Central Asia, biennial clary produces a colourful display of cream, lilac, pink or blue flowers with prominent lilac bracts from spring to summer. Grow in full sun or dappled shade in moist but well-drained soil. Sow seed in containers in the cold frame in summer for plants that will flower the following year.

Family: Lamiaceae

Genus: Salvia

Species: sclarea

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 90cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: June to July

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