Painted Sage

Salvia viridis

Annual Clary, Green-Topped Sage, Bluebeard, Wild Clary

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A close up of some purple Salvia viridis flowers in a garden
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Salvia viridis is a stunning annual plant that produces tall spikes of attractive, if insignificant flowers, these are borne on upright stems in the summer. They are grown more for the colourful bracts which surround the flowers. They may be purple, pink, blue or white in colour and many cultivars have been developed from this species in a range of shades. It has an upright habit and is hardy to -15 degrees Celsius, plant in a position of full sun, in moist, well-draining soil for optimal growth. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
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Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Seed

Sow in spring, this species is likely to self-seed itself if left unattended.

Special features

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Attracts useful insects

Special features

Origin

Mediterranean

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Personality

Family

Lamiaceae

Flower colour

Pink, Purple, Blue, White
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