Salvia Sclarea ‘Piemont’ -(Clary Sage)
This is a ve4ry pretty cultivar with white flowers and purple bracts. It is an easy care plant for the border.
Salvia sclarea, ‘Piemont’ has huge candelabra-like spires of deep violet-purple bracts with white flowers, and is a very showy clary sage.
The bright colour and long lasting bracts make for a long, showy season in your garden. The plant has a robust , branching, upright habit and produces a mass of bloom in December and January. The leaves are heart shaped , aromatic and fuzzy .
This plant grows in full sun, but can also tolerate partial shade . It likes a moist, rich soil but also likes the soil well drained.
It is a biennial and lasts only for 2 years but self seeds readily, so weed out any excess seedlings, but keep a few as they are such a beautiful thing in the garden.
Deadhead if you do not want it to self-seed. If you wish to collect seed allow the heads to become dry and brown before cutting
It is deer resistant and attracts butterflies and bees.
Sow indoors in late winter and early spring. Surface sow onto seed compost. Needs light to germinate. Ideal temp. 15-20°C. Keep moist but watch out for damping off. Germination 7-21 days. Transplant seedlings when large enough to handle to 8cm pots. When well rooted plant out in autumn or spring with 30cm spacing.
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