Meadow Clary

Meadow Clary

Herb, Meadow Clary Sage

Salvia pratensis

Organic perennial–has been known to live close to 30 years.

Hardy in zones 3-8

(Meadow sage) Large, very showy, bright blue flowers.

Sometimes used like clary sage.

A very aromatic and colorful sage and is a great bee and butterfly attractant.

Grow salvia flowers in a sunny area with a well-drained soil.

Although drought tolerant once established, a moderate amount of water must be supplied to young plants.

Meadow clary is an attractive herb native to parts of Europe, which produces striking deep blue to violet hooded flowers. These are 1-2ft long, and held aloft on a long raceme (a flower spike upon which the individual flowers have stalks), which may reach 2-3ft tall. Some populations contain male-sterile plants, which have smaller flowers. The leaves are a rich, dark green color and have a crinkled upper surface.

This long-lived perennial species mainly flowers from late May to early July. Flowers are pollinated by insects, bumblebees are the main visitors, and a large amount of seed is produced. The seeds, which are released after mid-July, are able to remain dormant in the soil for at least a year. Seedlings become established where gaps of bare soil open up in the soil, such as worm casts and rabbit scrapes, and areas grazed by rabbits seem to provide good conditions for seedling establishment. Vegetative reproduction is also known to occur, and single plants are able to persist for at least 30 years.

The seeds of meadow clary were used in the past to remove particles from eyes and to reduce inflammation or redness; indeed the name ‘clary’ is derived from ‘clear-eye’. It was also used as a gargle for sore throats, and to clean teeth.

This species was once found in Britain from Lincolnshire south to Dorset, but is currently known from less than 30 sites. The main areas are the North and South Downs, the Chilterns, the Wiltshire plains and limestone areas of Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire; the main stronghold of the species is the Cotswolds. Elsewhere it is distributed from Morocco and the Pyrenees in the south, to Britain in the north and Turkey and the Urals in the east. It rare in northern Europe and Scandinavia, reaching as far north as southern Sweden

Typically grows on unimproved calcareous or neutral grasslands such as pastures grazed by sheep or cattle, meadows, roadsides, woodland edges and scrub.

Grow in a sunny area with a well-drained soil. Although droughttolerant once established, a moderate amount of water must be supplied to young plants.

If you deadhead salvia flowers (remove spent blooms), the plants will flower all summer long.

Uses in Landscaping:

Salvia flowers may be used in cut-flower arrangements, and the dried leaves are fragrant enough to warrant inclusion in potpourris. In the landscape, they make good edging plants, and their medium size makes them useful in the middle row of a layered flower bed.
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