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Salvia sclarea turkestanica


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Salvia sclarea turkestanica
Description
Salvia sclarea turkestanica (Clary Sage) is a rather beautiful plant that has soft, large, grey-green aromatic leaves and dramatic and unusual flowering spikes that bear pink and white flecked petal-like bracts which last in colour for most of the summer into autumn. The lilac and cream flowers come in summer, but it is the bracts that follow that provide the greatest pleasure. Quickly becoming established, the many, strong erect stems give colour balance to the garden. Grows to 90-100cm. A lovely border plant.
Salvia
is the largest genus of plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, with approximately 700-900 species of shrubs, herbaceous perennials, and annuals. It is one of several genera commonly referred to as sage. The ornamental species are commonly referred to by their genus name Salvia.
Salvia sclarea, clary, or clary sage, is a short-lived herbaceous perennial in the genus Salvia. It is native to the northern mediterranean, along with some areas in North Africa and Central Asia. The plant has a lengthy history as a medicinal herb, and is currently grown for its aromatic essential oil.
 
Main Features
 
Type Perennial Hardiness Fully Hardy
Flower Colour Pink Size (H xW) 70 x 45cm
Flowering Season Summer Pot Size 9cm
Foliage Grey-Green Growth Rate Medium Growing
Foliage Type Deciduous Soil PH Any
Soil Type Well Drained AGM No
Position Full Sun Habit Clump Forming
 
Cultivation Notes
Requiring little water or attention, this vigorous species really only requires  a well-drained site in a sunny position. Succeeds in any good soil in full sun or partial shade. Plants are hardy to about -20°c. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet.
 
Pruning \ Aftercare : Remove faded flowers