Meadow Sage (Salvia pratensis) in the Salvias Database

Common names:
Give a thumbs up Meadow Sage
Give a thumbs up Meadow Clary

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 12-15 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Blue
Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Other: Deadheading flowers ensures more flowering throughout the season.
Uses: Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Pollinators: Various insects

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 26, 2013 10:35 PM

"Salvia pratensis (meadow clary or meadow sage) is a species of flowering plant in the family Lamiaceae, native to Europe, western Asia and northern Africa. The specific epithet pratensis refers to its tendency to grow in meadows. It also grows in scrub edges and woodland borders.

Salvia pratensis is an herbaceous perennial forming a basal clump 3.3 to 4.9 feet tall, with rich green rugose leaves that are slightly ruffled and toothed on the edges. The flower stalks are typically branched, with four to six flowers in each verticil. The 0.98 inch flowers open from the base of the inflorescence, which grows up to 12 inches long. The small calyx is dark brown. The flowers have a wide variety of colors, from rich violet and violet-blue to bluish white, and from pink to pure white. The leaves are arranged in opposite pairs, with those on the lower part of the stem up to 5.9 inches long, decreasing in size higher up the stem.

Salvia pratensis has naturalized in many parts of the United States, and is considered a noxious weed in the state of Washington. At one time it was banned from California because it was thought to have naturalized in three locations."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S...

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