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Commonly known as Andean silver-leaf sage
In the mint family. Very large genus of about 900 species of annuals, biennials, herbaceous and evergreen perennials and shrubs distributed generally in temperate and tropical regions.
They are frequently aromatic, hairy or woolly and many species attract bees. Some have medicinal and culinary qualities.
Clary (clear-eye) sage, S. verbenaca and S. pratensis are the UK natives. Seeds of the former, from dry pastures and roadsides in southern England, were made in to a mucilage and used to soothe eye irritation, roots were ground as snuff and leaves used as a herb with lemon or orange juice. The latter, meadow clary, has a status of Vulnerable and Near Threatened because of the manufacture of "improved grassland". It is found on calcareous grassland in southern England.
Less hardy varieties can be grown in containers.
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Evergreen - oblong-ovate entire leaves to 6cm (2½in) long.
Height - to 1m (3ft) if supported
Spread - 30cm (12in)
Herbaceous - Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch. - produces flowers to 2.5cm (1in) long in long, terminal racemes
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter - Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Full sun - protect from winter wet
Partial shade - light, dappled shade
Additional Features - Pests & Diseases - - slugs, snails. Under glass - aphids, red spider mites, whiteflies, root rot
Place of origin - Peru
Resistant to honey fungus - These plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Hardiness - Frost hardy (down to -5) -
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - - moderately fertile. Humus-rich
Wildlife - Bee friendly -
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
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- Dead heading meconopsis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading Delphiniums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Feeding herbaceous peonies - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Allergic reactions and pollen
- Plants which produce masses of pollen - to avoid
- Plants producing little pollen - relatively safe!
to 1m (3ft) if supported