Salvia pratensis / Meadow Clary / Wildflower / Seeds

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Salvia pratensis / Meadow Clary / Wildflower / Seeds

Meadow Clary is an increasingly rare wildflower and excellent garden plant.  Plants grow clumps of oval aromatic leaves, with upright stalks of violet-blue flowers, sometimes in pink or white, from June to August.  They grow to a height of about 60cm and attract bees into the garden.  They are good cut flowers. 

Meadow Clary grows best in sun to part shade and a wide range of moderately fertile and well-drained soils.  They are drought tolerant once established and can grow in coastal gardens. 


Pack of approx 100 seeds.  Sow the seeds in early spring for first year flowers and spring to autumn for next year flowers.  Germination is erratic, so sow more than you need. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

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Hardiness Hardy herbaceous perennial (RHS Hardiness H7)
Flowers June to August
Height 50 - 70cm
Spread 30cm
Conditions  Sun to light shade and moderately fertile well-drained soil
Sow Sow the seeds in early spring for first year flowers and from spring to autumn for next year flowers.  Sow the seeds onto the surface of a tray of compost.  Press the seeds gently into the compost and do not exclude light, which is needed for germination.  Keep at 15-25C and seedlings emerge in 2-4 weeks and can continue erratically up to four months.   Pot on young seedlings and plant out after the last frost.   Pinch out the growing tips on transplanting to encourage bushier plants.  Overwinter summer and autumn sowings in a cold frame or greenhouse in the 1st year.  
Grow Deadhead plants to encourage more flowers.   Remove spent flowers and stems in winter or spring and the plants start growing again in the spring.  Plants are generally untroubled by pests and diseases.  They may self-seed in the right conditions.