Annual Clary

Salvia viridis | Also known as: Clary, Orval | Rating: 4 votes | Print / Pdf

Also known as Salvia horminum, Salvia viridis brings an enticing contrast of silvery green foliage and powerfully vivid blue or purple bracts to full view. The genuine flowers grow just below the bracts, tiny two-petalled blooms with a white lower petal and an upper petal that matches the colour of the bracts. It is no fan of frost or cold and needs lots of sunlight, so it is a good idea to plant in a greenhouse before transplanting to moist, well-drained soil in spring. Makes for a fantastic border plant, enlivens dreary slopes and embankments, and is an ideal addition to a conservatory.

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Plant
Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.45 - 0.5
Spread [m]
  • 0.23
Dominant flower colour
  • Pink
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Bushy
  • Erect
Environment
Acidity
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z1-11
Heat zone
  • H9-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -46 - 4
Heat days
  • 0 - 150
Moisture
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • chalky
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
Exposure
  • Exposed
  • Sheltered
Usage
Standard category
  • Flowers & bulbs
  • Annuals
Grown for
  • Attractive flowers and aromatic foliage
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • For Beginners
  • Colours
  • For birds & bees
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Cottage garden
  • Coastal
  • Containers
  • City
Garden spaces
  • Flower beds
  • Borders
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • Less than one year