Salvia Sclarea

LovetogardenLovetogarden Posts: 755



 Hi everyone.

This self seeded salvia is growing in my front garden.There are just 2 plants and as you can see it is quite eye catching .   It has grown to about 4ft 6"since the spring. I think it is Salvia Sclarea, Turkstanica, but I am not sure.

I have been growing them for about 3 years, the original was given to me by a friend and I have been asked for seed by people in the village as it such an unusual plan. The bees and insects love it!

It self seeds readily so once you have it in your garden you can almost guarantee you will have it year after year.

I had a bit of trouble uploading the photos but got there in the endimage




  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,922

    Yes, S.s. Turkestanica.

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 12,271

    I can definitely cope with something that big and floriferous.  Is it very hardy or a bit whimpy?

    The Vendée, France
  • fotofitfotofit Posts: 73

    Hi everyone - I agree with Berghill about identity. I have it growing in our garden - it's very hardy I would say - it's a biennial and, in my experience, self seeds readily without becoming invasive. image 

  • BerghillBerghill Posts: 2,922

    Seems to be as tough as anything. Certainly if it survives here then it can take the cold.

  • LovetogardenLovetogarden Posts: 755

    We have had it without any trouble through the last 2 cold winters, -18c at times, it just pops up again,. the ones in the photo are self set in gravel, with a membrane underneath, not even straight into the soil. We garden in Lincolnshire, usually very dry summers, but cold winds in winter from the east, very similar landscape to obelixx.I should imagine. Give it a go you wont be disappointed. You can easily remove seeds that set in places you don't want them and give them away to friends. I can usually find them a home.image

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  • LovetogardenLovetogarden Posts: 755

    Hi Hollie-Hock.

    It's Cosmos, still waiting for the first flowers!!. with a penstemon just peeping through.

  • kate1123kate1123 Posts: 2,815

    I am very envious, I sowed a salvia from seed last year and I was hoping for a bit of colour, the flowers are so small on mine that I need a magnifying glass to see them. Any suggestions welcome




  • LovetogardenLovetogarden Posts: 755

    Hi Kate1123.


    I'm afraid I don't recognise the sage in the picture. There are literally hundreds of different ones. No doubt one of the GW forum members will be able to help you. The variety of seeds I set are readily available on e-bay and from seed merchants, so give the a try. It's very disappointing when things don't turn out as you expect. The plant you have posted looks healthy so perhaps it is how it should look. I would be interested to know the variety.


  • Matty2Matty2 Posts: 4,820

    It looks stunning. Will have to try to locate seeds, will fill yet more of mygarden

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