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Salvia pratensis (Meadow clary)

Salvia pratensis Salvia pratensis 'Eveline' Photo/Illustration: Courtesy of Park Seed


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Salvia pratensis SAL-vee-ah prah-TEN-sis Common Name: Meadow clary Genus: Salvia
This woody-stemmed perennial produces sticky spikes of deep violet or, rarely, white to pink flowers. It blooms from early summer to autumn; reblooming is most reliable if spent flowers are deadheaded promptly. It has wrinkled leaves and forms an upright clump 3 feet tall by 1 foot wide. This salvia is most noted for its many hybirds with S. nemerosa.  
Noteworthy characteristics: Salvias are some of the showiest plants for containers and mixed borders. Butterflies love them.  
Care: Provide moist but well-drained soil in full sun to partial shade. 
Propagation: Sow seed, or divide plants, in spring. Take cuttings spring through fall.
Problems: Powdery mildew, rust, stem rot, fungal leaf spots, whiteflies, aphids, mealybugs, spider mites.
Height 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread 1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower;Moderate Grower
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Dry to Medium
Maintenance Low
Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant
Characteristics Attracts Butterflies; Fragrant Foliage; Showy Flowers
Bloom Time Early Fall; Early Summer; Fall; Late Summer; Summer
Flower Color Pink Flower; Purple/ Lavender Flower; White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Dried Flower, Naturalizing
Style Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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