Common Name: Balkan Clary
Salvia sylvestris is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a cluster of well-branched, lax stems up to 100cm long[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food. It is often grown as an ornamental in gardens.
Europe to W. Asia - France to Germany and Poland, east to Turey and Uraine.
Rocky slopes, dry meadows and rough ground[
].Rocky slopes in steppes, fallow fields, sloping meadows and waste ground; at elevations from 1,000 - 2,300 metres in Turkey[
|Pollinators||Bees, Lepidoptera, Insects
|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Salvia sylvestris is a very cold-hardy plant, able to tolerate temperatures down to around -20 to -25°c when fully dormant[
An easily grown plant[
], it prefers a sunny position and a well-drained soil[
], succeeding in dry soils[
]. Established plants are drought resistant[
If the plants are dead-headed after flowering they will normally flower again later in the summer[
Plants have stout stems and require little if any staking[
There are several named forms selected for their ornamental value[
The leaves are fragrant[
This species is well suited to the wild garden, growing well in the summer meadow[
Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer[
The aromatic leaves are used as an adulterant for sage as a food flavouring[
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.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood succeed at almost any time in the growing season[