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Annual clary sage

Salvia viridis

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From spring to summer, this annual produces multiple flower spikes with tiny flowers enclosed in showy bracts in shades of white, pink, or purple and marked with darker veins. Plants grow 18-20 inches tall and about half as wide. They are especially dramatic in large groupings.  Salvia viridis  is excellent as a long-lasting cut or dried flower.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsAttracts butterflies. Once established in a good site, plants will self-sow year to year.

CareProvide moist but well-drained soil in full sun. This species tolerates alkaline soil.

PropagationSow seed in spring.

ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.

  • Genus : Salvia
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Spring, Summer
  • Growth Rate : Fast
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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