Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica 'Vatican White'

Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica ‘Vatican White’

Clary sage

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica 'Vatican White'
  • Common name: Clary sage
  • Family: Lamiaceae
  • Plant Type: Biennial
Flower colour:

White

Foliage colour:

Green

Clary or Turkestan sage, Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica is a highly architectural biennial valued for its crinkled leaves and upright bracts of showy, pollinator-friendly purple flowers.

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Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica ‘Vatican White’ is a beautiful cultivar with pure white flowers surrounded by large white bracts. Given their ability to grow in poor, dry soils, Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica ‘Vatican White’ is often grown in sunny gravel gardens. However, it can also be grown in fertile soils that hold more moisture, which will encourage a bushier, lusher plant.

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For best results, grow Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica ‘Vatican White’ in full sun or light shade in moist, well-drained soil. Sow the seeds from late summer to early winter to produce plants that will flower the following year. Cutting back the spent flower spikes before they have a chance to set seed may encourage a longer-lived plant.

How to grow Salvia 'Vatican White'

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Acidic / chalky / alkaline / clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Sow
Sow

Do not Sow in January

Do not Sow in February

Do not Sow in March

Do not Sow in April

Do not Sow in May

Do not Sow in June

Do Sow in July

Do Sow in August

Do Sow in September

Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do Sow in December

Plant
Plant

Do not Plant in January

Do not Plant in February

Do Plant in March

Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do not Plant in June

Do not Plant in July

Do not Plant in August

Do not Plant in September

Do Plant in October

Do Plant in November

Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does flower in July

Plant does flower in August

Plant does flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Salvia 'Vatican White' and wildlife

Salvia 'Vatican White' is known for attracting bees and butterflies​/​moths. It has nectar/pollen rich flowers.

Attractive to Bees

Does not attract Beneficial insects

Does not attract Birds

Attractive to Butterflies​/​Moths

Does not attract Other pollinators

Is Salvia 'Vatican White' poisonous?

Salvia 'Vatican White' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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