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Salvia pratensis - L.

Common Name Meadow Clary, Introduced sage
Family Lamiaceae or Labiatae
USDA hardiness 3-7
Known Hazards None known
Habitats A rare native in Britain, growing in old grasslands over chalk and limestone[200].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to Spain, Serbia, the Crimea, Bulgaria.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential Yes
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Salvia pratensis Meadow Clary, Introduced sage


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Salvia pratensis Meadow Clary, Introduced sage
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Salvia pratensis is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 3. It is in flower from Jul to August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

 Meadow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Condiment.

The pungent, bitter flavoured herb has been used as a flavouring in beers and wines[183]. It is also used as an adulterant of sage[177, 183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, it succeeds in a very well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position[200]. Prefers a rich soil[1]. Requires a good well-drained soil[187]. Hardy to about -25°c[187]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[200]. Well suited to the wild garden, growing well in the summer meadow[200]. Plants have stout stems and require little if any staking[200]. Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[233]. There are many named forms selected for their ornamental value[200].

Propagation

Seed - sow March/April in a greenhouse[200]. Germination usually takes place within 2 weeks. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer. In areas where the plant is towards the limits of its hardiness, it is best to grow the plants on in a greenhouse for their first winter and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[200].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Botanical References

200

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Readers comment

david   Sat Jan 2 2010

flowers edible-The Encyclopedia of Edible Plants of North America. Natures Green Feast. by Couplan

   Feb 13 2011 12:00AM

The renowned herbalist Dr. Christopher lists its medicinal properties as diaphoretic and expectorant, without further comment.

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