Great mix of color from summer through early fall.
Averaging 40% rose, 40% blue-purple, and 20% white, these colored bracts decorate the tops of the 26-28" branches. Because this Salvia tolerates the first light frosts of fall, it provides beauty in containers, beds, and for cutting long after other annuals are gone. Most commonly known as clary sage, but also known as annual clary, bluebeard, and wild clary.
• Edible Flowers: Leaves and flowers have a slightly sweet flavor. Add both to salads, soups, and cooked greens, and the flowers can also be used to garnish drinks and desserts. Seeds can be fried and can also be used as a condiment. Use essential oil to flavor certain beers and wines.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 5-12 days at 75-78°F (24-26°C).
SOWING: Transplant (recommended): Sow 6-8 weeks before last frost. Gently press seed 1/4" deep into soil, but do not cover as light is required for germination. Bottom water or mist to avoid covering seed with displaced soil. Transplant into cell packs or larger containers at the second true leaf stage. Harden off and transplant outside after the last frost. Direct seed: Sow in clumps of 3-4 seeds, 1/4" deep.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun/Part Shade. SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average soil.
PLANT SPACING: 12".
HARDINESS ZONES: Gruppenblau and Victoria Blue: Perennial in Zones 8-10, but best grown as an annual. Marble Arch Mix II: Annual.
HARVEST: Gruppenblau and Victoria Blue: For harvest either as a fresh or dried flower, harvest when the bottom 3-4 flowers have opened. Hang to dry. Marble Arch Mix II: Fresh: Harvest when the bracts are fully colored. Dried: Harvest when the colored bracts have stiffened a little. Hang to dry.
USES: Long-lasting cut flower and can also be dried. Excellent in beds, borders, containers, and planted en masse.
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Days To Maturity
Average number of days from seeding date until ready for harvest.
70 - 85 Days
Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).
Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits. Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.