Biennial clary

Salvia sclarea white-bracted

Biennial clary - Salvia sclarea  white-bracted

Common Name: Biennial clary
Genus: Salvia
Species: sclarea
Cultivar: white-bracted

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Good for wildlife, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.00 m (100 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.50 m (50 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

Pink-flushed white flowers with prominent white bracts appear in profusion over a long period from late spring. A cottage garden classic, it also works well in naturalised planting schemes and wildlife friendly gardens as the flowers are particularly attractive to bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Garden care: Sow the seeds shallowly in seed trays filled with good seed compost and when the seedlings are large enough to handle thin out and pot on individually into small pots. Plant out at 30cm intervals into a well-prepared sunny bed with moderately fertile well-drained soil. To prolong flowering remove the flower spikes as soon they start to fade. Apply a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted garden compost or manure around the base of the plant in spring. When watering it is best to give the plants a really thorough soak when the soil gets dry rather than applying a little water every day.


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