The annual clary (Salvia horminum) is an exceptionally ornamental annual plant that looks particularly stunning grown in larger, colourful tufts. Plants develop a nice habit and grow 40-60 cm tall during the blooming period. But it is not the tiny blooms that constitute the main ornamental attraction of orval, as this plant is also called. It is the the deeply coloured bracts that attract attention. They may be white, pink or purple and are additionally adorned by darker veining. Plants present their ornamental merits from early summer until first frosts. They will fill garden borders and flower beds with their distinct, vivid colouring. Annual clary lasts well as cut flower, too.
Seeds of the annual clary are sown early in spring into pots under covers. Transplant seedlings to the borders in the second half of May after the last spring frosts. These plants grow best in the full sun. Planted in the shade they produce long, creeping stems. They require permeable, yet water retaining soil that is moderately rich in nutrients.
Each package contains 0.5 g of the annual clary seeds. Growing instructions and the sow-by date are included in the package information.
- Weight: 0.5 g
- Height: 40 - 60 cm
- Use: Ornamental - borders, flower beds, cut flower
- Flowering period: early summer - first frosts
- Vegetation form: annual
- Flower type: tiny with large, ornamental bracts
- Site: sunny; permeable soil moderately rich in nutrients with high water capacity