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Common Name: Wild Clary
Salvia verbenaca is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Mediterranean region to Spain, France and Britain.
In Britain it is found wild in only one place on sand dunes at Vazon Bay in Guernsey[
]. In Europe it is found in dry grassland, avoiding acid soils and shade.
|Pollinators||Bees, Self, cleistogamous
Requires a very well-drained light sandy soil in a sunny position[
]. Prefers a rich soil[
]. Plants can be killed by excessive winter wet[
This species is well suited to the wild garden, growing well in the summer meadow[
]. A good bee plant[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
Leaves - raw or cooked. They are most often used as a flavouring in cooked foods. They are aromatic. The young leaves can be eaten fried or candied[
A herb tea is made from the leaves, it is said to improve the digestion.
Flowers - raw. A flavouring in salads[
The seed forms a thick mucilage when it is soaked for a few minutes in water. This is efficacious in removing small particles of dust from the eyes[
Seed - sow early to mid spring in a greenhouse. 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.
Division in spring.