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will my Clary flower in first year.

angela 30angela 30 Posts: 4
Hi. all my Clary seeds have come  up and made lovely sturdy plants. I wanted them to flower this year and planned to give some to family and friends. now Ive read they dont flower till their second year, I hope this is wrong. I feel stupid  now should have read the packet. will they winter over in an unheated greenhouse.


  • Paul B3Paul B3 Posts: 3,120
    Salvia sclarea is normally a biennial species (2nd.year flowering) ; sometimes certain plants act as perennials but these are normally short lived .
    Good news all round then !! ;)
  • angela 30angela 30 Posts: 4
    Oh dear. found the packet, just says Clary bouquet mixed. flowers june to october,  just going to plant a few at back of border  and see  what happens. thanks anyway.
  • chickychicky Posts: 10,390
    I’m growing them for the first time this year too .....

    My pack says they are a hardy annual and flower from June to October..... fingers crossed 🤞🏻 
  • angela 30angela 30 Posts: 4
    Oh thank you thats given me hope, fairly new to this seed growing lark just bought the plants before, then we bought a greenhouse in lockdown so its fun at the moment.
  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,188
    I had clary flower in it's first season last year. Unfortunately it did not make it through the winter.
    Heaven is ... sitting in the garden with a G&T and a cat while watching the sun go down
  • angela 30angela 30 Posts: 4
    thanks everyone flowering first season will do for me, I want to give friends something that will flower this year and not just be a clump of leaves.  you have all saved some small plants lives. 
  • B3B3 Posts: 26,421
    They're grown for the coloured leaves. Haven't grown them for years. I don't remember the flowers being particularly significant. I meant to try some this year but forgot.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn Posts: 22,852
    Yes will flower, then dump, they’re an annual.
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

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